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6th Winchester Scout Group

Area Served: Abbotts Barton and Hyde (part of the electoral Ward of St Bartholomew)
Beavers: 2 Colonies
Cubs: 2 Packs
Scouts: 1 Troop
Web Site: None

Our Group was established from scratch in January 2014 in response to a number of parents wanting their children to get involved in Scouting in Winchester but no spaces being available across Winchester at the time. We have grown rapidly since this time from 2 half colonies of Beaver Scouts to the thriving group we have today. Our Chestnut Beaver Scout Colony (age 6-8yrs) and Tiger Cubs (age 8-10.5yrs) meet on a Tuesday evening; and our Willow Beaver Scouts and Wolf Cubs on a Wednesday evening. Many of our Scouts live within Abbotts Barton and Hyde; however, we have members from a whole variety of schools and locations in Winchester.

We meet at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Upper Brook Street but like to get out and about whenever we can, visiting local places of interest, hiking, den-building, climbing, canoeing and camping. We often participate in District Activities and competitions such as Archery, Rifle Shooting, Crate Stacking and Athletics to name but a few.

We like to think of Scouting as a whole family activity and our parents must agree to play some part – as Occasional Helpers (who are expected to help out once or twice a term) without whom sessions cannot run and often through membership of our Group Active Support Unit for social events and for supporting the Group's activities e.g. camps. All of our Leaders and Section Assistants are (mostly parent) volunteers with busy lives and we have found success in flexible volunteering whereby 5-6 leaders share the planning and delivery of the terms program organising 2-3 sessions per term with the benefit of various pre-planned activities available. Full support and training is provided.

To ensure a stable long-term future a suitable site is needed. Our ambition is for a 600 sq m Scout building and secure activities area for the next 100 years. Scout ownership and management is important to ensure Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer use for needed evenings and events. Outside meeting hours Scout buildings are popular for community use. An example of long-standing community use is Reeves Hall in Compton & Shawford.

75% of Winchester Scout Groups own their buildings on freehold or leasehold land. Scout building projects typically take 5 years – a year to achieve detailed planning permission; up to 3 years to win funding; and a year for construction. But before any project can start, a suitable plot of land needs to be long-leased or donated.