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  • Scouts Made Me

    We are proud to be part of The Scouts and the world wide family of scouting #WaWScouts#ScoutsUK#ScoutsMadeMe#SkillsForLife

  • COVID-19 Readiness Level Transition - AMBER

    From the 6th of July 2020, the readiness level for most of England changed to AMBER. Localised lockdown restrictions are still in place in some areas. Please check The Scout Association website to find out if your area is subject to lockdown restrictions. The Scout Association AMBER Readiness level allows the following: Digital programme delivery Small group sessions can take place outdoors No residential activities It is important to remember that all activities and meetings must be risk assessed and approved by the District.

  • We're scouting for talent

    Wimbledon and Wandle Scout District is a dynamic District that helps young people across Wimbledon, Mitcham, Morden, Merton Park, Raynes Park and Motspur Park enjoy fun and adventure while developing skills for life. Our friendly District team is always kept busy and open to new members joining. The district is looking for a District Explorer Scout Manager (DESC) to lead and manage their Explorer Units (age 14-18yrs) to enable and support them to run balanced and exciting programmes, help them achieve top scouting awards and support Explorer Leaders with recruitment, training, funding, resources etc. To find out more and how to apply, take a look at the job description attached.

  • Developing Scouting for younger children

    We know from research that key skills and attitudes are formed in the early years of life. Already, Scouts around the world are exploring how they can work with children at a younger age. It's a critical time to master essential skills for progression in later life. In Skills for Life, our new plan shaped by members, we said we would start exploring early years provision once we had secured external funding. Today, the Department for Education has agreed to help fund 20 pilots in England with groups from disadvantaged areas, it will provide spaces for 288 young people aged four and five, and their families. Early years pilots The pilots will allow us to test different models for four and five-year-olds to see what works best. We can also learn more about the impact and opportunities for local Scouting more generally. We are going to test and evaluate three models. The first will be similar to the Squirrels programme, run by a separate organisation working under a Memorandum of Understanding with Scouts NI. The second will be similar to the programme in Denmark and the USA (called 'Lions'). The third will be trialling Scouting in non-traditional locations, such as children's centres. Volunteering We will also test ways of recruiting more volunteers from different backgrounds. In America, 75% of new parents from their early years programme went on to become volunteers and 61% of members are families new to Scouting, so we're hoping to see positive results here in the UK too – which could bring more adults into the movement. Speaking about the pilot scheme, Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner said: ‘At the Scouts, we prepare young people for the future by equipping them with skills they need to succeed. We believe that this early years pilot will help us create a programme that will continue to support the development of the UK’s young people through this key, formative stage of their life.’ Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said: ‘The pilot will help us find the right formula for this work and I truly believe that young people aged four and five will benefit hugely from the fun, adventure and skills we develop in Scouting.’ Pilot evaluation At the end of the pilot period – which will last for at least a year – we will consult with those who took part and with our partners, before making a final decision on the potential of a wider UK roll out, or whether more testing is required. There's no official name for the proposed section yet - we'll be testing options for this too. Opportunities to get involved Groups interested in trying out different ways of delivering a new programme for four and five-year-olds are encouraged to use a form to express their interest. Groups in more deprived parts of the UK are particularly encouraged to take part in these pilots. Scout Groups do not have permission to start early years provision outside of these pilots. Unofficial provision is against our rules, could affect the pilots and is not insured. The existing Squirrels programme, run under a Memorandum of Understanding with Scouts NI is not affected by these pilot schemes in England.

  • Virtual St. George’s Day

    St. George‘s Day has demonstrated what an amazing community the Scouts is. Even though we couldn’t be together during this lockdown - Scouts and their families from Wimbledon and Wandle and beyond came together to renew their promise and to thank Key Workers. It was truly wonderful. To every one of you, thank you for being a part of this history. #Community #StGeorgesDay #Charity #ThankYou #ScoutsClapForOurCarers

  • Casting Call for Souwest 2020

    The Souwest Gangshow are looking for the cast for 2020. Find out the full information & register to a ‘Join the Gang’ session at https://forms.gle/NTHE9rbx8n4fmN6Q9 Any questions, please email souwestinfo@gmail.com

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