Scouts are the third section of the Scouting movement and is for the older boys and girls covering the age range 10 ½ – 14 years. In 1st Swindon, Sea Scouting has the same purpose and goals as any other Scout Troop, however the main difference lays in the method of delivery.
This is because in Sea Scouting, water and nautical activities are used as the basis of delivering the Balanced Programme. Although most Scouts have the opportunity for boating activities, such as sailing and canoeing, the Sea Scout programme puts considerable emphasis on water activities and also incorporates many aspects of naval and nautical traditions.
Our year is spit into two. From April – October, we meet on a Friday evening at Bowmoor and the scouts sail, kayak, canoe, and build and race rafts, as well at taking part in several camps.
Between October – March, we meet on a Friday evening at The Wick, During the winter months we do not just stay in the hall, we also get out and about, hiking and taking part in district activities. For example; Street Wise, Archery, Riffle Shooting and the Les Barnes night hike.
In the scout section youngster will also have the opportunity to take part in the Swindon Gang Show, and the World Jamboree.
The scout uniform consists of:
- dark blue jersey*
- dark blue activity trousers*
- black/dark blue socks
- black shoes
- Group white necker (scarf)
- leather Scout belt and buckle*
- lanyard, normally worn with Bosun’s call*
- Seaman’s Class 2 round cap with ‘Sea Scout’ tallyband*
During the summer the scouts will also need:
- dark blue polo shirt [Group polo shirts are available]
- a wet suit
- wet boots or similar
The aim of the Association is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.
The Method of achieving the Aim of the Association is by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training, based on the Scout Promise and Law, and guided by adult leadership team.
The Scout Law
- A Scout is to be trusted.
- A Scout is loyal.
- A Scout is friendly and considerate.
- A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts.
- A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
- A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
- A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
The Scout Promise
(for Scouts, Explorer Scouts, the Scout Network and adults)
On my honour,I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to God and to The Queen,to help other people and to keep the Scout Law.