Mereworth and Kings Hill group has a very active Scout troop with around 30 boys and girls aged between 10½ and 14. Are you ready to learn new skills, challenge yourself with adventurous activities and make new friends?
At Scouts we enjoy organising a wide range of activities. Adventurous activities feature prominently and we aim to be outside during about half of our meetings every year. The past few years our Scouts have tried abseiling, caving, climbing, curling, geocaching, hiking, microlight flying, mountain biking, quad bikes, skating, skiing, snowboarding, zorbing and more! We learn traditional Scouting skills such as cooking on a campfire, first aid, map and compass navigation and how to build towers and bridges with just wood and ropes. We make sure there are plenty of opportunities to build leadership skills, explore faith and help our local community. Last but not least, we have fun during everything we do and we play lots of games!
Camping is a highlight of the year for Scouts of all ages and our Scouts are no exception. Our year starts with our popular family camp for which all sections and their families are invited. Comp Wood campsite in Mereworth Woods is a great location for a range of activities in and around the woods.
In the winter we may participate in the Winter Camp at Gilwell Park, the Scout Association's headquarters. This camp brings together around 3000 Scouts and Explorers for a weekend of activities. It might be muddy, it might snow, it might be cold but it's definitely a lot of fun and a great opportunity to make friends with Scouts from other parts of the country.
In the spring we have a joint camp with Cubs at a PGL activity centre. This is an indoor camp where the sleeping conditions are more luxurious, but we make up for it with extra challenging activities.
In the summer we organise our own Troop Camp somewhere a bit further afield or we participate in a district or national event such as Quest or Kent International Jamboree.
After a few weeks of coming to Scouts you will have to make your Scout promise. At that time you will also get to wear a uniform with different badges and a group scarf. Mereworth & Kings Hill has a red scarf and you will see that all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders wear the same scarf. You normally wear your uniform to all indoor meetings but for outdoor activities we like to keep our uniform clean and wear our red group poloshirts instead.
You do not need to wear uniform when you first come to Scouts. You start by coming along for a few weeks to make sure that you really like our programme and that you wish to make your Promise and be invested into the Scout Troop. You will need to wear your uniform for your investiture and where possible all parents/guardians are invited to this special event. The group scarf is presented to you at the investiture along with the group badges.
The Scout promise:
On My Honour
I promise to do my best
Do my duty to God and the Queen
To Help Other People
And to keep the Scout Law
There are authorised alternative versions of the Promise for those who are foreign nationals or of another faith.
When you first join our Troop, you will be put into a Patrol. Our Patrols are named after animals: Stags, Tigers, Lions, Wolves and Panthers. Each Patrol has a Patrol leader and an Assistant Patrol Leader. Scouts tend to stay in the same Patrol during their time in Scouts.