Background

Scouting in Dunchurch

The 1st Dunchurch Scout Group was founded on 22 December 1950 and is one of the Scout Groups within the local area that in total form Rugby Scout District, which falls within Warwickshire Scout County. The District and County structure operates across the country and provides facilities, activities and support beyond those provided solely by the 1st Dunchurch Scout Group. The Scout Association Programme is for young people aged 6-25 and, in Dunchurch, the first three Scouting sections operate for young people aged 6-14 (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts).

The 1st Dunchurch Scout Troop owns a Scout Hut in the grounds of Dunchurch Boughton C of E Junior School. It has an existing ground lease from Warwickshire County Council that will expire in 2024. The hut access is via Done Cerce Close in Dunchurch. Please be considerate to our neighbours when travelling to and from the hut by car and avoid parking on the grass verge and blocking driveways. Although our leaders are all volunteers there is a subscription of £30 each term to cover the cost of running the group, both for the HQ and other things such as insurance. Further details on subscriptions are be provided within our welcome pack for new members and it is also important to note that financial assistance is available for those with a limited income – please contact us in confidence to discuss this if appropriate.

When the Scouts are aged 14 they progress to an Explorer Scout Unit, which are run across Rugby at a District level and we have strong links with Swebbelli ESU. 14 year olds can also become Explorer Young Leaders and help out within the Group but because of their age range they cannot become a full warranted leader until their 18th birthday. Anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed to be solely responsible for younger children either on their own or as part of a group. The Scout Network is for members aged 18 to 25 years and is co-ordinated across Warwickshire but is run by members locally who meet in Rugby once a month. 

Scouting Worldwide 

Founded in 1907, Scouting is an International Movement with over 28 million members in 216 Countries. The number of countries recognising the values of Scouting and accepting the principles are steadily increasing. Scouting promotes the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. Scouting is not a religious body but encourages young people to grow spiritually and develop within their own faith and denomination regardless of any social, religious or ethnic background they may have. The Scout Association in the UK accepts members of all major faiths and offers equal opportunities to all young people in the community, no matter what their social, religious or ethnic background may be. It has a positive policy of integration and welcomes children and young people who have physical and mental disabilities.

The Scout Association in the UK provides a range of information via www.scouts.org.uk and also operates an Information Centre to assist with a range of matters from purchasing resources or finding out about becoming a Leader. The Information Centre can be reached by phone on 0845 300 1818 or else via email info.centre@scout.org.uk.

The motto for all Members of the Movement is: Be Prepared.

The Purpose of Scouting: Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

The Values of Scouting: As Scouts we are guided by these values:

  • Integrity - We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
  • Respect - We have self-respect and respect for others.
  • Care - We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
  • Belief - We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
  • Cooperation - We make a positive difference; we cooperate with others and make friends.

The Scout Method:  Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:

  • enjoy what they are doing and have fun;
  • take part in activities indoors and outdoors;
  • learn by doing; share in spiritual reflection;
  • take responsibility and make choices;
  • undertake new and challenging activities;and 
  • make and live by their Promise.

There are about 500,000 people in Membership throughout the United Kingdom. This includes about 100,000 adults who have taken up Appointments as voluntary Leaders, Administrators and Supporters.

Scouting has a Law and a Promise. Everyone in Scouting expresses their Membership and acceptance of the key principles by making the Scout Promise and following the Scout Law. This acts as a bond with all Scouts, both locally and worldwide.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls - A lifetime of adventure

Bear Grylls officially became the Chief Scout of the United Kingdom on Saturday 11th July 2009. Bear Grylls is the UK’s youngest Chief Scout, aged 34. Whether it is crossing oceans in an open boat, scaling Mount Everest or flying a powered paraglider to 29,000ft in the Himalayas, Bear knows a thing or two about adventure.

As an ex Special Forces soldier, he is not only known around the world as the host of the hit TV series Born Survivor and Man Vs Wild, he is also an inspirational speaker, best selling author of nine books and a fervent supporter of young people getting out there to experience adventure for themselves. 

Bear got his taste for the outdoors as a Scout, whilst a young boy. He was taught to climb by his late father on the sea cliffs of the Isle of Wight, and this interest rapidly developed when he left school.

His military service saw him trained in combat survival, parachuting, demolitions, trauma medics and mountain warfare as a trooper with 21 SAS. 

When invited to take on this role with the UK’s largest co-educational youth movement Bear said ‘I feel so honoured to be offered this position, and have always held such admiration for Scouts and all they do around the world. The Scouting Movement is a massive force for good, touching many, many young lives. Above all, it gives millions of kids the chance to live and learn about the wild and to experience real adventure. My hope is to help Scouts of all ages, including adults, to reach their full potential, to follow their dreams and to enjoy the camaraderie that the Scouts is famous for.’

Scouting is a global movement and Bear has travelled extensively to every continent in the world. Known and respected in many countries outside the UK he is truly a global ambassador for a global movement. His languages include Spanish and French, and he has a deep respect for diverse faiths and cultures.

‘I can't wait to meet as many of the UK’s Scouts as I can,’ says Bear. ‘Supporting and representing our members is a huge privilege, and I want all Scouts to know I am here for them and willing to listen and help where I can.’ For more information on Bear Grylls visit his website: www.beargrylls.com