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St Nicholas Scouts

12th Harpenden (St. Nicholas) Scout Group

The Scout Association offers everyday adventure and activity to almost 400,000 young people across the UK. Its purpose is: to help young people achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as Members of their local, national and international communities.

Scouting makes a positive contribution to society by helping young people to develop as active members of the community who are self reliant, caring, responsible and show commitment.

Scouting works well when young people enjoy learning by working in partnership with adults. They do this by taking part in a variety of activities and new experiences, exploring the outdoors, participating in teams and taking responsibility.

12th Harpenden St Nicholas Scout Group formed in 1992, and whilst we are the youngest Scout Group in Harpenden we do nonetheless have a strong heritage, including both girls and boys from the outset. We meet at St Nicholas church hall and, in addition to a full programme of scout activities, play an active role in the church’s programme of children-focused services, and charitable fundraising – particularly the annual Christmas Fayre. Many of our young members attend St Nicholas School and/or the church choir.

During term-time our beaver colony (age 6 to 8) meets between 5 and 6pm on Mondays; our cub pack (age 8 to 10.5) from 6.30 to 7.30 on Wednesdays; and scout troop (10.5 to 14) from 7.30 to 9.00 on Thursdays. In addition our cubs and scouts play a prominent role in the annual Harpenden Gang Show and we have a very active outdoor programme including spring camp and autumn pack holiday for the cubs, and several weekend camps and a week-long summer camp for the scouts. In addition we have undertaken expeditions to Ghana and attend the 4-yearly Jamborette at Haarlem in The Netherlands. Our scouts’ cooking team frequently achieve high placing (including first) in district, county and regional cooking competitions, and after several years of strong performance in the county Green Beret competition one of our teams came first (out of over a hundred teams) in both 2009 and 2010.

We have strong demand for places in the Group and despite running our sections at full capacity (with about 100 young people and 20 adult leaders) we have a long waiting list. Our policy on admission is to give priority to the younger siblings of existing members and to the children of our adult leaders. The remaining vacancies are allocated to children on our waiting list. Nearly all our young members want to stay with us through beavers, cubs and scouts with the result that very few places arise in the cub and scout sections; so most of our young members start as beavers at age 6.

Our adult leaders, all of who are unpaid volunteers, are critical to our success. Being a leader doesn’t require great expertise, is tremendously rewarding, and is mostly, if not always, enjoyable! Comprehensive training and support is provided throughout. We have a strong leadership team so each one of us is free to contribute when we can.

Enquiries regarding waiting lists, adult leadership or any general matters should be sent to the Group Scout Leader: Stuart Jack, email: scouts@stnicholas.parishofharpenden.org