Welcome to 2nd Wideopen Scout Troop
Our thriving Scout Troop meets on a Thursday evening from 7:30 - 9:15 pm and takes part in a wide and varied series of adventurous activities and training.
The Scout Troop is for young people, aged between 101/2 and 14 years.
Being outdoors is important in our Group - the Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities, which includes learning traditional Scouting skills, as well as other challenging outdoor pursuits, to help the members of the Troop achieve badges and awards.
Typically, our programme of activities will include:
- Adventure Weekends and Camps
- Wide Games
- Climbing, Abseiling and Prussicking
- Crate Stacking
- Canoeing, Kayaking and Rowing
- Raft Building and Rafting
- Fire Lighting and Survival Skills
- Expeditions, Hiking and Mountaineering
- Grass Sledging, Landboarding and Street Surfing
- Orienteering and Navigating
- Commando Bridges and Aerial Runways
- Assault Courses
- Environmental and Conservation Work
- Team Building and Problem Solving Activities
- Leadership and Life Skills
- Sports Activities and Games
- First / Emergency Aid Training
- Cooking and Camp Cooking Skills
- A Wide Range of Activity Badge Courses
Have You Thought About Trying To Get The Scout Mate or Northumberland Challenge Badges?
Scout Mate Badge Northumberland Scout Challenge Badge
Did you know you can work towards and gain some very special badges in Scouts which are specific to our County of Northumberland?
In Scouts you can gain your Scout Mate badge by bringing along a friend who is old enough and interested in joining the Scout Troop.
Once they stay (hopefully they will!) and they get Invested as a Scout - you will qualify for the Scout Mate badge - which you can wear on your right sleeve, below your District and Nametape badges.
You can also work towards the Northumberland Scout Challenge badge over the next year, as part of our Programme - when we will visit some local tourist attractions, sample some local foods, sing some local songs, camp at a number of campsites in Northumberland and do other exciting things like the Lookwide Walk, to help you to gain the badge.
You can download all the details of what you have to do, to complete this special badge, which can be gained by Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers.
Scouts and Explorers Support Anti Bullying Week
During November 2017, we saw all the members of the Scout Troop and Explorer Unit exploring the crucial issue of Bullying in our society today.
We have looked at places where bullying takes place in our communities, the types of people who cause misery by bullying others and what people can do to report issues of personal bullying and bullying to others.
This will lead to the Scout Group putting in place an Anti Bullying Code of Conduct, which we will strive to follow.
Through our Cub and Scout Promises and Laws, we identified how the Scout Association is at the forefront of combating bullying and helping to make young people and our leaders better citizens in society.
As a Scout Association, we all strive to:
Think of others before ourselves,
Be friendly and considerate,
Have self respect and respect for others
And above all else, we all belong to the Worldwide Family of Scouts.
Scouts and Explorers Go Paintballing at Delta Force
On a cold Sunday morning in November, somewhere in the heart of some dark woods on the outskirts of Seaton Burn mayhem and carnage took place.
After a comprehensive set of safety briefings and getting fully kitted up - both Scouts and Explorers from the Group, along with a few very brave ( no - this should perhaps read stupid) leaders took part in a full day of paintballing missions, along with others at the Delta Force facility in Seaton Burn.
Amid screams and shouts, as well as the sounds of paintball guns going off in all directions, over a six hour period everyone proceeded to try to avoid getting hit, whilst causing major problems for the opposition.
With the participants split into two teams, it was the Blues (mainly made up of Explorers) who won the day, with the Reds (containing all three leaders) coming off second best. There was also an element of suspicion that some of the Reds were also after their leader team mates - although they deny that of course!
Due to the great success, we hope to be able to undertake this activity again next year - perhaps when the weather warms up a bit.
Scout Promise and Law
In Scouts, we try to follow our Promise and the Scout Law - which are:
On My Honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law
A Scout is to be trusted
A Scout is loyal
A Scout is friendly and considerate
A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts
A Scout has courage in all difficulties
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possession's and property
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others
My Badges App - suitable for Apple and Android
Really Useful Links To Help You In Scouts
Below are a number of really useful website links which will help with you to gain activity badges and challenge awards and improve both your Scouting skills and knowledge!
They contain plenty of things you can download, as well as games and challenges linked to badges such as the Global, Adventure, Outdoors and Fitness Challenges and Pioneering, Kayaking, Water Activities, Astronomer, Aeronautics, Naturalist, Global Conservation and Hiker Activity Badges, to name but a few.
- Check out the Scout Association's website for details on badge requirements and loads of handy bits of Scouting information - http://www.scouts.org.uk/
- Find out about global conservation, sustainability and wildlife from the World Wildlife Fund - http://www.wwf.org.uk/
- Take up the challenge from the National Trust to try 50 things before you are 113/4 (you can do these with your family or in deed in Scouts) - https://www.50things.org.uk/
- Before you join Explorers, check out the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, which runs alongside the Chief Scout's Awards - http://www.dofe.org/
- Find out more about archery by visiting Archery GB's website and you might even get your Master at Arms badge - http://www.archerygb.org/