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  • Join the Pumpkin Hunt!

    Join the County's biggest ever Pumpkin Hunt, add your Pumpkin and find others near you. Our Pumpkin Hunt was such a success last year, that the County is running it for all its districts this year. Share the fun with your family and friends, and let's see how many pumpkins we can find this year. Share the fun on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #GLSWPumpkin.

  • Inspiring a new generation with skills for life

    9 September 2021 Today, we’re announcing Squirrels, a brand new programme for children aged 4 and 5 years old. As one of our keenest supporters, we wanted you to understand why we’re taking this important step now and what we are aiming to achieve. Squirrels offers the best of Scouts – learning by doing and getting into the great outdoors – combined with early years best practice of storytelling, routine, and play. It’s a huge leap forward for us: our first new age range in 35 years. And it is a key part of our response to the challenges facing young people. The first official Squirrels start this month in over 200 locations across the UK, and we’re prioritising those communities hardest hit by the pandemic. We know that the most fundamental connections are made during the precious, formative years before five years old. What happens then - positive or otherwise - stays with them for life. Change the start of the story, and we change the whole story. Giving children the best start in life Research from Ofsted tells us that the young people hardest hit by the pandemic are not developing the basic skills and learning they need. Early years children have returned less confident and more anxious after lockdowns. Squirrels offers skills for life when and where it’s needed most. This is our opportunity to help enrich the lives of young people, preparing them for a brighter future. We’re offering this brand new programme, with wellbeing, kindness and social action at its heart. The journey so far This announcement is the culmination of more than two years piloting Scouts for early years in over forty communities. We have seen pilot groups thrive in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and areas of deprivation. We’ve seen that Squirrels has helped young people to access new and surprising experiences. It’s also helped to bring families together across different communities. We’ve learnt so much about what does and doesn’t work – and this builds on years of pioneering work in Northern Ireland supporting this age range. We have also seen how Squirrels pilots have reinvigorated districts, enabling us to welcome new volunteers and families. Many more, no doubt, will follow if we attract the right support. Building closer families, stronger communities and a fairer society Squirrels comes at a time when inequalities in our society are all too clear. So we’re: Helping 4 and 5 year olds gain key skills like communication, teamwork and resilience through structured play and story telling Giving them a sense of achievement with great role models and a positive environment encouraging kindness and aspiration Strengthening the bond between parents or carers and their children by encouraging family volunteering Creating closer, more connected communities with volunteering at the heart. Why we need help to make this work We’re a charity and a volunteer-led youth movement. Squirrels can only succeed in those areas affected by the pandemic with more investment. Anyone interested can head to scouts.org.uk/squirrelssupporters or contact the Scouts Chief Programme Officer, Liam Burns, liam.burns@scouts.org.uk Childhood doesn’t wait, and the sooner we can attract the funding we need, the more young people and families we can help to thrive in the areas where it matters most. A great leap forward This is all part of our wider Skills for Life strategy 2018-25 to give more young people the skills to succeed in life, and to make Scouts more inclusive, youth shaped, growing and contributing ever more strongly to our communities. We hope you’ll agree this is a great leap forward for our movement, and a proud moment for the volunteers, staff and supporters who’ve worked so hard together. It’s the start of a new journey and a moment of renewal, providing great energy and optimism for the future.

  • Thank You

    This week is all about saying thank you. Especially to you. #ThankTwo #SkillsForLife

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  • Store | Wimbledon and Wandle

    District Store The District Store is open between 7:45pm to 9:15pm every Thursday during Term Time, unless specified on the calendar. It will remain open until the close of business on the 9th December 2021, following which the annual stock take will take place. The Store will reopen on Thursday 13th January 2022 at 7.45pm. ​ A good stock of Beaver, Cub, Scout, Explorer and Sea Scout uniforms and the more common sizes of Leaders’ uniforms is maintained, together with a variety of certificates and books and Cash’s name tape cards. Any other items including scarves, iScout/Heritage clothing, flags, tents and souvenirs can be ordered and many are normally available within a week (special order scarves, flags etc take a little longer) . All items are sold at the recommended retail price, that is the same price that you will pay elsewhere, but the profits are shared pro rata between the Groups who use the Store. Thus, it is the young people of the District who benefit from the profits - not the local shop keepers. We recommend that you bring your child with you whenever possible so that they can try their uniform on. The Badge Secretary is available for Leaders to buy badges at a discounted rate. ​ How to find the District Store The Headquarters is situated in Morden Hall Park. The entrance is in Morden Road between the Surrey Arms public house and Deer Park Gardens. Buses 201 (Morden to Heme Hill) along Morden Road to Surrey Arms 164 from Wimbledon to Sutton 118 from Morden to Brixton 157 from Morden to Crystal Palace 80 from Sutton to Heme Hill 470 from Colliers Wood to Epsom alight at the roundabout end of Morden Hall Road / Morden Road

  • Wimbledon and Wandle Scout District

    4 - 6 > 6 - 8 > 8 - 10.5 > 10.5 - 14 > 14 - 18 > 18 -25 > Gain new skills while helping others 14 and up > Volunteer Find your local group Find out more Welcome to Wimbledon and Wandle Scouts made me a do-er and a give it a go-er. Made me question and listen and have a wide- open mind. Scouts made me take a deep breath and speak up. Made me think on my feet, made me see the big picture, made me ignore the butterflies and go for it. Scouts made me get back up and try again. Made me think about what’s next, and plan for it. Made me jump in, get muddy, give back and get set. We’re Scouts and everyone’s welcome here. All genders, races and backgrounds. Every week we give almost half a million people aged 6-25 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life. #SkillsForLife Media and Comms Team Sep 28 1 min Join the Pumpkin Hunt! 9 0 Post not marked as liked Media and Comms Team Sep 9 3 min Inspiring a new generation with skills for life 19 0 Post not marked as liked Media and Comms Team Feb 22 1 min Thank You 25 0 Post not marked as liked Whats coming up?

  • Dan Fellowes | Wimbledon and Wandle

    Back Dan Fellowes Joint District Explorer Scout Commissioner desc@wimbledonandwandlescouts.org ​

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  • ✅ First Mindfulness Check

    The secret to a strong sitting practice is staying mindful throughout the day. Take a few minutes to reflect on your day. Were you mindful or distracted? When things got stressful did you return to the breath, your source of inner calm, or did you become reactive? Celebrate your successes at mindfulness and build on them tomorrow!

  • 🧘‍♂️ Sitting Meditation

    Time: 15 minutes You can use the timer on your phone, but don’t forget to turn off notifications so you don’t get distracted. Keep it simple! Start with a quick scan of your entire body and relax each body part as you bring it to mind. Follow your breath as you breathe in and out. When distracting thoughts arise, don’t get discouraged or follow them. Return to the breath. That’s it 👍

  • 🧘‍♂️ Sitting Meditation

    Time: 15 minutes You can use the timer on your phone, but don’t forget to turn off notifications so you don’t get distracted. Keep it simple! Start with a quick scan of your entire body and relax each body part as you bring it to mind. Follow your breath as you breathe in and out. When distracting thoughts arise, don’t get discouraged or follow them. Return to the breath. That’s it 👍

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