Governance & annual report

Constitution

Group Constitution

  • Current Constitution (approved at the AGM 2014)

Annual Report 2017 - 18

Our 2017-18 Annual Report  sets out some of the exciting and varied work we have been doing to extend and improve Scouting in West Coker and to deliver really outstanding development opportunities for even more young people this year. We are already making excellent progress on implementing our new group Plan. Alongside our impact, this report outlines our major future priorities. 

Should you like to take a look at our Annual Reports from previous years please contact our GSL 

GSL Report

I would like to take this opportunity to say welcome to you all and thank you all for your support to the Group over the last twelve months.

West Coker Scout Group has again had a very successful year in all the sections, with many camps, outdoor activities, and events attended, this could not have happened without the  dedication and commitment of all our leaders and helpers. To all of them I must say a very big thank you for without your support none of this would have been possible.

We have had 7 young people selected to represent the United Kingdom within the Somerset Contingent at the next World Jamboree to be held in America next year, 3 of these have come from our own Scout Troop. Massive congratulations to Thomas Windsor, Elijah Wood and Owen Harvey for this once in a lifetime adventure, we look forward to hearing about your experiences. 

We have over 50 adults supporting the group in one way or another, either leaders or Scout Active support or as members of the executive team, we need this help to enable us to provide the best Scouting we can for the youth members of the Group. We could always do with more. whatever your skill we can use it, help with marquee erecting is needed during the season as this is a great source of funds with little effort.

Our Scout Active Support section, made up of parents and scouters is growing and providing important support on camps and activities, as well as having their own social programme. If you are interested in joining so you are come on camps and activities please see me or any of the team.

I believe that we as a Group provide a fun and active programme of activities for every young person, giving them the foundations for the future and an experience to remember. 

The replacement of our ageing HQ and make it fit for the future is now a priority, work is well underway with the parish council and partners in making this dream a reality, but we will need help too raise the funds. If anyone would like to help please let me know.

West Coker Scouts have had a massive impact in supporting our local community from the Cricket Club Annual Dinner to supporting the Village in organising and running the Bonfire Night and we are looking for more opportunities to get involved.

In closing I must thank our Executive committee led by Steve Cox for all the support and help in managing the group, providing those much needed funds to buy the equipment needed by the sections.

As demand for Scouting remains high, in the next twelve months I would like to encourage greater involvement from parents and the local community, giving you all an active role within the management of West Coker Scout Group. As busy parents and professionals, we live in demanding times, but we need volunteers as leaders, helpers and executive members, the rewards for those that do assist with Scouting have never been greater. In the years to come West Coker will continue to grow and I would like you all to JOIN THE ADVENTURE

Beaver Scout Report

After starting off the term by visiting @t Bristol, we made to most of the longer evenings last summer, by exploring the trails through Ninesprings and hunting down a huge variety of Bugs up at Ham Hill.  Finishing off the season by joining @150 other Beavers from across East Somerset at Huish Woods for our Biannual District Sleepover.

The second term saw us completing lots of different aspects of a variety of badges.  Finally managing to get a cloud and rain free evening to star-gaze and complete our Space Badge.  Our Young Leader Ollie spent a couple of evenings explaining about the different sorts of kit we would use for different hiking activities as we worked towards our Navigators Award.

January saw us joined by Dan another Young Leader, who was welcomed into the colony by hanging from a rescue tripod at the fire station, when we visited to complete our Safety Badge.  We completed the year by spending the weekend before Easter, fossil and egg hunting on our indoor sleepover.

A big THANK YOU to all the Beavers who have represented the Colony by attending all the events that have been planned, with such pride whilst demonstrating such excellent behaviour

Cub Scout Report

We have had a great time this year, although for leaders it has been frantic, with me going back to work and having had operations etc, the organisation at times has been a little less than we would normally offer.

We have been to district events, such as the Wookey Hole trio, cub camp and the DIY day. We have been on our own camps, at PGL and night sleepovers.

The group trip to Longleat where we did out promises again, wherever took 24 Cubs and this year's St George's Day, where we took just 1. 

We have also made the most of other facilities around yeovil, a big thank you to start Michael's Academy.  Ninesprings Rangers and ham hill. 

We are trying to get Montacute house for a visit in the summer. 

Having lost a lot of Cubs to Scouts, we are now running on 18 young people. So a drive forward on recruitment is needed.

I have had to stand back from volunteering other than in cubs, due to the failed knee op and worsening  back condition, on top of a full time job. 

Steve, Jon and Amie, who I am very thankful to are carrying on the more active parts of camp on my behalf.

Lastly I would just like to say well done to Jon, who completed the Yeovil half Marathon, and to Isaac and George who did the Yeovil fun run on that day, plus any other cubs, I didn't see well done All.

Scouts Report

2017-18 has been a year of transition for West Coker Scout Section. Although we have seen real growth in our volunteer numbers with increased Section Assistants and Young Leaders joining the team, we have had a small drop in our youth numbers due to a large number of 13 and 14yr olds moving on to Explorers across the District. This has brought some challenges due to losing so much experience within the troop but it has also brought some opportunities too, providing spaces for new youth membership and leadership opportunities for some of our young members, positions that I feel the new Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders are growing into. 

2017 has seen continued success in District and County wide competitions with another win at the annual District Camping Competition (and a 2nd place), District and County winners of Masterchef Cooking competition, 4-a-side football Competition as well as some great educational camps and activities such as our Dartmoor expedition weekend, letter boxing, kayaking sessions, annual JAWS water activities weekend and our very popular Survival camps. 

Over the summer are Scouts teamed up once again with Sparkford Scout group to take part in our annual Summer Camp. This year was an International experience and a trip to Kent International Jamboree. The week long summer camp saw the Scouts take part in a full range of adventurous activities, evening programmes and the opportunity to meet a large number of Scouts from all over the world including some Canadian Scouts who we invited for an evening meal and get together. 

Award work and activity badges are progressing well within the terms programme with all Scouts achieving their Chief Scout Gold before moving up to the Explorer Section. We have also been lucky enough to have 3 Scouts selected for to represent their County and Country and the 2019 World Scout Jamboree (the first ever selected from West Coker Scout Group). 

Awards and personal development has not just stopped with the Scouts. Our leaders have also been active through the year developing their skills and knowledge with Olly Horst and James Haiselden completing climbing instructor qualifications, Mark, Rob and Granddad Pete completing Shooting Qualifications, Allanah completing her leadership wood beads (Her leader training) and the 2018 St. George’s Day awards have seen John Haynes recognised for his outstanding contribution to Scouting with a national Award (the Medal of Merit). All of the above will help develop the young people’s programme and further enrich their experience of Scouting. 

I would like to thank all the leaders, helpers, young leaders and parents for their on-going support throughout the year. Without their time, energy and support I know I would not be able to do this very rewarding volunteering role. THANK YOU ALL!!!

With a great summer programme in place and some exciting camps planned including our Summer Camp to Portsmouth and our an international camp to Kandersteg in 2020, I personally feel very excited about the year ahead and the future for West Coker Scouts.

Explore Scout Report

It’s been another fun packed year at Explorers, 2 camps , Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and a great many Monday nights providing lots of enjoyment and a fair bit of learning.

We are grateful to the many visitors we have had in on Monday nights. Meet the community was a great night six brave members of the community came to be quizzed by the group. They ages ranged from their twenties to eighties and they had a lot of to share as we examined gender in society. We’ve also had a couple of experts come in to teach us new skills, Drummer Dave really got the rhythms going last summer and Emma got us moving to the Zumba beat (not always moving well, I hasten to add).

Summer saw us head off to the Kent International Jamboree. There we shared a great week with a few thousand other Scouts and Explorers. The Explorers got to drive real cars, fly in microlights and spend a day buying up the fashion bargains of Old London Town. The evenings were filled with foam parties and fancy dress, making friends and chilling out. And my late evenings were spend rounding them up and making sure they all got some sleep!

Two groups went out on Bronze expeditions and a good number have now achieved the award, most have made a start on Silver already. This summer we hope to have a Silver and a Bronze Expedition take place as we try to support our young people to gain these awards.

Winter camp was another high point, 14 came away with us to Litton Cheney youth Hostel where we walked, talked, shopped and watched. It’s a really great weekend where the explorers get to know each other better and have a lot of fun. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Sarah as she changed placement from Yeovil Hospital to Weston Super Mare. It was great to have her around for the year she was here, she is much missed.

As the Summer arrives we’re looking forward to spending more time outside for games and activities. Butcher’s Coppice, Bournemouth is our camp destination this summer, when twenty of us will cycle, paddle board, coaster and swim, should be fun!!

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