One common complaint for youngsters is that there is never anything for them to do. There are facilities but most require transport and charge commercial rates for entry. For parents the solution can be to get their children active with the help of the voluntary sector. In Whitleigh the list of options is small – events out of the Youth Centre or those organised by the local Scout Group – both with their bases on Lancaster Gardens. In this piece we look at the latter.
From the handbook
“The aim of Scouting is character training with the goal of helping participants become independent and helpful, and thereby become “healthy, happy, helpful citizens”.
The Scout method uses appealing games in the primitive outdoors to generate challenges which a Scout learns to solve by himself. Through the training and the example of the leader, Scouts are taught independence, leadership, the ambition to learn by himself, and a moral code with positive goals.
35th Plymouth (Whitleigh) Scout Group
The Scout Group is based at the Scout Hut on Lancaster Gardens, just down the hill from the Wood View Learning Community campus.
The group is divided into three sections, all of which are open to all in the age group, with some degree of flexibility to accommodate special circumstances.
Beavers generally start at age 6 and move on when they reach their 8th birthday.
The Beavers Colony operates on Wednesday evenings from 18:00 to 19:30.
This section is open to those aged from 8 to 10½.
The Cub Pack meets on Thursday evenings from 18:00 to 20:00.
Scouts are generally aged between 10½ and 14.
Scouts – being that bit older – meet on Fridays from 19:00 to 21:00.
Each section meets weekly throughout term time. These sessions involve a small amount of formality at either end but the main attractions are games, structured to build teamwork and other soft skills, and instruction in skills that lead towards activity badges. There are a wide range of activities that can be covered, from traditional camping skills through to modern computer training.
Highlights of 2016
Tug Of War, Ernesettle
This wonderful day out for the youngsters and their families culminated in a win for the Beavers ‘A’ team, a moment that so obviously meant much to those taking part.
It’s A Knockout, Keyham
Scouts and Beavers travelled to Keyham to take part in a day full of challenges, and were not put off by intense moments of local weather. The group entered two teams in each of the Scout and Beaver sections and, against all odds, took both golds and the scout silver. A proud moment for all involved.
Devon Scout Camp, Woodlands
This annual event at the popular theme park attracted hundreds of scouts from across Devon. Camping on-site for two nights permitted the youngsters to enjoy the numerous rides for two full days.
Sailing, Mountbatten Centre
Plymouth Youth Sailing (www.plymouthyouthsailing.co.uk) organised a taster session for our cubs section but on the day 8 youngsters from across all three sections attended. After rigging their own craft the youngsters learnt to sail in pairs around buoys in the Cattewater. Later they put their new skills to good use with an adventure out into Plymouth Sound reaching as far as Jennycliff Bay before returning.
To read more about the Scout Group’s activities or to contact the group about joining, visit their website:
or the short form