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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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  • Leader Resources | Wimbledon and Wandle

    Leader Resources Here for you Login Logout Request Access Forms ​ Nights Away Notification This form needs to be filled in for all over night activities, including sleep overs at your own headquarters. You can submit your Nights Away Notification form online. Click here for the online form . ​ Remember to submit this form at least 14 days before your event. ​ Training ​ All Section Leaders must complete training modules 1 to 3 of Getting Started and training modules 5 to 19. All Section/Unit Assistants must complete training modules 1 to 3 of Getting Started. ​ All Group Managers and District Managers must complete training modules 1,2 & 4 of Getting Started and manager and commissioner modules relevant to their role. ​ All leaders, Section/Unit Assistants, Managers and Supporters must complete mandatory ongoing learning modules. These are Safety, Safeguarding and First Aid. ​ Exec Member Training ​ All Exec Committee members, both Group and District, are required to complete basic training to help them in their roles. ​ Please contact the ADC Training Alison Edwards for further information.

  • The bigger Scout family | Wimbledon and Wandle

    The bigger Scout family Who are Scouts? What do Scouts get up to? Who leads Scouts? The bigger Scout family Promises and Ceremonies The bigger Scout family Scouts are probably the most well-known members of the global Scout family. Closer to home, they’re also part of their wider local Scout Group, alongside Beavers (aged 6-8) and Cubs (aged 8 to 10 1/2). When they're older, they can also join Explorers (for young people aged 14 to 18) and Scout Network (for young people aged 18-25). Although both of these are closely associated with the younger sections, they are not part of the local Scout Group. Depending on local arrangements, their troop might be partnered directly with an Explorer Unit. If this is the case for your troop, you might run your meetings alongside Explorers, and work together to organise things like trips, nights away and expeditions.

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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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