Governance & annual report

Constitution

Group Constitution

  • Current Constitution (approved at the AGM 2014)

Annual Report 2018 - 2019

Our 2018 - 2019 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

May I take this opportunity to welcome you all to West Coker Scout Group AGM 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.

The World Jamboree in America is fast approaching and the excitement is mounting for all those going, we have had two of out Leaders James Divall and John Haynes selected at short notice to cover Leaders shortfalls. Congratulations to both of you, that takes West Coker’s total to 9 attending out of  40, with nearly a quarter of the Somerset / Wiltshire contingent coming from our village, for this once in a lifetime adventure and we look forward to hearing about your experiences on your return. 

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 is well underway with the parish council and partners in making this dream a reality with planning permission now being granted, 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, Burns Night, to supporting the Village in organising and running the Bonfire Night and we are looking for more opportunities to get involved.

In closing congratulations must go to James Divall for being awarded a Bar to his award for merit for outstanding service to Scouting.  I must also 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

Pete Divall

Group Scout Leader

Beaver Scout Report

We started our Summer term, by joining the Cubs & Scouts at Moors Valley to renew our Scouting Promise. After much discussion we decided to complete our Community Impact Badge by supporting Bookridge UK and collected over 200 books which we presented to Alan Hands when he visited us on District Cub Camp.  Another first for us was completing the Cyclist Badge.  Thank you so much to the parents who were brave enough to take the Beavers out cycling around West Coker.

The second term saw us completing lots of different aspects of a variety of badges.  Including our Experiment Badge.  We toasted marshmallow around a campfire and visited St Johns Church, looking for little wooden mice. We finished the term by team building Gingerbread houses with some awesome results

The New Year saw us learning about Beavers in different countries and gaining our International Badge and on one very wet stormy night we very successfully tried the New District Arrows Archery equipment.

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

As well as completing badges as part of the Colony Program many of the Beavers have put in extra work to achieve a variety of different badges. I am proud to have presented 200 badges this year. A special mention must go, however, to Eden Donald, Evelyn Gray, Nathanael Webb, George Fenn, Ameilia Saunders and Chloe Walton  who have all gained the Beavers highest award, the Chief Scouts Bronze Award.

Many thanks again to all the Parents for their continued support throughout the year.

Rabbit, Badger, Fox, Lou and the Young Leader Team

Cub Scout Report

We have had an exciting time with Ollie joining the team and taking up the role as an assistant leader, this has added to our skill sets. 

We have been on several camps from one night camps, to District and our own Pack camps. 

From January we looked at encouraging our children's self esteem and self confidence. We are now in the middle of producing a play for our entertainers badge, which we would like to invite, parents, friends and the community to come and watch, with donations for the evening going to our charity for assistance dogs, helping people with disabilities to achieve, where physical challenges are difficult. 

Alongside this we have looked at disabilities, and animal care, where we have looked at the care of domestic, farm and wild animals. We have looked at conservation and the environment, recycling and upcycling. 

We had a fantastic celebration with our Chefs badge with a very successful meal and a great deal of fun. It was really scrumptious and the cubs worked extremely hard. They showed great talent and enjoyment. 

This term is our busiest yet as we are camping, hiking, walking and jumping, in our aim to have lots more fun here at cubs. 

We have 19 children and we are as a team looking to go into schools to encourage scouting in our local communities. 

We have children from Yeovil, West Coker, East Coker, Montacute and the stokes. 

Finally: 

A big thank you to all our leaders and their commitment to scouting and the children we have in our care, to parents for their support and encouragement and for the exec team, who help with all of the things behind the scenes and encouragement of leaders

Scouts Report

Another successful year has passed for the Scout Section at West Coker Scout Group. The troop is now a young troop with a number of the older Scouts moving up to the Explorer Section. It provides us with an opportunity to restructure, train from a young age and establish the foundations for the next couple of years. 

Once again, we have had success in District, County and Regional events in 2018/19 with trophies being picked up for the District Camping Competition, football and of course Master Chef – winning at both District and County level and coming 2nd overall at Regional level. The Master Chef is a great example of how the family of West Coker Scout Group goes much further than just the leadership. Our success is of course down to desire and passion to learn from our young Scouts (#Skill4life) but also very much lead and inspired by our extended volunteer team in the Scout Active Support especially Debbie Prigg. She is our cooking magician and without her, our young people truly would not have the same learning experience – a big thank you from the troop. 

Our volunteer team including the Scout Active Support within the group truly are making a massive difference in the sections programme. Upskilling our volunteers with the completion of Adult training (the UK Scouting wood beads), adult activity training instructor course completion in Shooting, tomahawks and climbing, support on our camps and activity days from parent volunteers with cooking and pastoral care have not only enhanced the programme but also enabled the group to be sustainable and a support structure for other local groups in the areas. This is helping to provide quality adventurous activities for more young people across our exciting District. 

Within the programme we are doing more in our local community (local visits, volunteering and support other clubs), more activities (new climbing equipment will enable us to provide our own sessions), hiking weekends, big city experiences such as the Monopoly run, skills development sessions, survival skills and life skills to nurture our young people and to help them grow as individuals and as active citizens. 

We are about to attend our annual Summer Camp at Ferny Croft this year and building towards an international experience next year with a summer camp to Kandersteg in Switzerland. 

This packed programme of course would not be able to operate without the dedication, support and energy from the leadership team. We are ‘One Team’, the support that the Active Support provide, our excellent Young Leaders (all working towards DofE & Chief Scout Awards) and of course my amazing leaders and section assistants in John, Rob, Mark, Rosie, James, Dave, Allanah and Olly. Without these guys, I could not volunteer in the way I do and the programme for the young people would not be the same. They are the backbone of this group (and most of the District Scout Section activities) and I thank them for everything they do, including the many hours of work behind the scenes. 

Many thanks James Divall, West Coker Scout Leader. 

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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