About Buckshaw Village Scout Group
Our Group is based in the village, both at Buckshaw Trinity Primary School and when we can at the Community Centre. We are a very new group, only starting officially in January 2013 but we’ve grown at an amazing rate becoming one of the biggest Groups in the Chorley area with well over 100 young people involved on a weekly basis. By the time we include our adult volunteers (weekly, events and occasional helpers) and our parents on rotas that’s around 250 people from our local area taking part in Scouting every term! Amazing in such a small space of time – and we are always looking for more suitable meeting space so we can welcome even more people to our organisation!
We have in our Group girls and boys from aged 6 and upwards. Currently we have Beaver Colonies [ages 6-8] (2 nights), Cub Packs [ages 8 -10.5] (2 packs running simultaneously) and a Scout Troop [ages 10.5-14]. We are trying to find a venue for Explores [ages 14-18], but this age range can also take part as a young leader (e.g. for Duke of Edinburgh) in our group as well on our existing meeting nights.
If you want to find out more about us and joining (either a young person or an adult volunteer) please see our site – buckshawscouts.org.uk
If you think Scouting’s just about knots, woggles and big shorts, then be prepared to be surprised. It’s how Richard Branson, Barack Obama and David Beckham got their start in life. Every year we help 400,000 young people in the UK enjoy new adventures; to experience the outdoors, interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Who are our young people?
Scouting encourages young people from all backgrounds, male and female, to have self-belief and a voice. It helps them develop physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We call this ‘everyday adventure’. They just call it fun.
Who are our volunteers?
Our adults are from a variety of different backgrounds. All Buckshaw leaders are volunteers, and all Scout volunteers are unpaid and the majority have a full-time job and family. Here are some other key facts:
- 44% of our leaders nationally are female
- Many volunteers help out on a flexible basis due to other commitments
- 27% of volunteers nationally join because they are a parent of a young member
- Volunteers don’t have to wear uniform
- All leaders are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy while taking part in Scouting
- All leaders go through a criminal records check to ensure they are fit to work with young people
- All leaders have access to a vast amount of training and support from experienced leaders locally