3rd Upminster Scout Group is based in the Hornchurch District and the County of Greater London North East.
The group is made up of three sections – Beavers, aged 6 to 8, Cubs, aged 8 to 10½ and Scouts, aged 10½ to 14. Once Scouts reach 14, they are ceremoniously booted out of the group and unleashed on an unsuspecting Explorer Unit. Although Explorers is made up of members from across the district, links with the group are still maintained. Explorer Scouts are aged 14 to 18. Beyond this is Network whose members are aged 18 to 25.
At 3rd Upminster we have two beaver colonies, two cub packs, and one scout troop. Our group meets on a weekly basis, based mainly at Upminster Methodist Church but with one beaver colony and cub pack meeting at Upminster Trinity Church. Our dedicated leaders plan a varied programme that aims to let the young people have fun, make friends, learn new skills and to achieve their potential. Activities range from playing volleyball to learning how to use a knife and axe, from making Christmas cards to learning how to light fires, from bowling to planning a hike, from cooking to fundraising – the possibilities are endless.
In addition to these weekly meetings there are many activities that run during weekends and school holidays. Camping under canvas is one of the most enjoyable activities for leaders and children alike. The group is fortunate enough to be well equipped for this, allowing regular camps to be organised for all sections. We also take part in activities such as archery, shooting, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling and go karting, sometimes whilst camping, sometimes in their own right.
The activities will of course depend on the age of the members – see the section pages for more specific programme details.
“But surely all this fabulously active, well thought out entertainment costs a bomb” I hear you cry! Well no, it doesn’t. Unfortunately we can’t offer everything for free but it is made as cheap as possible. What we do is available to all no matter what their background or financial situation – we can work round nearly every problem! Members are asked to pay a subscription fee for weekly meetings with specific camps and activities being charged separately. Despite this though we still believe that Scouting is one of the most cost effective hobbies – where else can you get weekends away, packed with exclusive, exciting, educational activities for under £20?!?!
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