Skills For Life
The Group's Histroy
On February 9th 1971 9 Boys from the two villages met at The Peace Memorial Hall in North Bradley were they were invested as Cub Scouts by the new Akela Mrs Averil Bailey and they became the first members of Southwick and North Bradley Scout Group. Due to an increase of numbers a Scout Troop was formed in 1972 with David Ludlow as Scout Leader and then a mixed Venture Unit in 1979 with Brian Russell as Leader. After using a variety of halls for all the various meetings a marvelous opportunity came in September 1978 when The Group Executive under the chairmanship of Mr Bert Payne were able to obtain a 99 year lease on The Old School Southwick Village Hall and it was officially opened by Ron Jefferies the Editor of Scouting Magazine on September 15th 1979 and it has been the Groups Head Quarters ever since.
Other notable achievements have been the authorisation to have a group badge in 1983; the formation of a scout and guide band in 984 which became well known across the United Kingdom as well as in France and Germany. The formation a Beaver Colony in October 1988 and more recently the opening of an Explorer Unit.
Since 1991, Girls have been able to join Scouting, that still suprise people! Over the last 40 plus years many young people have benefited from being members of what has been a very successful Scout Group which hopefully will continue for many years to come.
Below is information about the different Scout Sections. Should your child wish to join one of our sections then please don't hesitate to get in touch via the 'CONTACT US' sections. Please note some of our sections do have waiting lists.
The Beaver Colony is the first and youngest section of the Scout Group. Beaver Scouts are young people aged between 6 and 8 years old. They enjoy all that Scouting has to offer; being introduced to outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, explore their local community and experience the excitement of a Beaver Scout Sleepover with their friends.
The Cub Pack is the second section of the Scout Group following on from Beavers. Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10 ½. For Cubs, excitement and adventure are key. Cubs are introduced to exciting outdoor skills and take part in adventurous activities, as well as camps and residential experiences.
The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs. The Scout Section is for young people aged between 10½ and 14 years. Scouts aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative. It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips
Explorer Units are the fourth Section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Explorer Scouts are young people aged between 14 and 18years old. Explorer Units are a District provision and partner with Groups. With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own programme and work towards the top awards that Scouting offers. Explorers also have the opportunity to be a part of The Young Leaders’ Scheme which develops their leadership skills and sense of responsibility.
Southwick and North Bradley Scout Group are partnered with an Explorer Scout Unit. If your young person would like to join Explorers you can register an interest here - Wiltshire West Scout District.