St Joseph’s Reigate 17th Scouts like all of us have had a challenging few months but have worked well to continue both ‘actually’ when allowed, and ‘virtually’, always in an engaging and fun way for our youngsters. Covid has impacted on numbers and revenue but a key feature moving into 2021 is, unsurprisingly, resilience. At times of adversity the young people and adults keep smiling, find new ways of doing things and continue to enjoy Scouting! They are always looking for more help and it is extremely rewarding. For more details see: www.17threigate.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 17TH REIGATE SCOUT GROUP has been around for 100 years and during that time the group has gone from strength to strength. There have been times when the group was at the point of closure through lack of leaders but somehow it has continued. Perhaps it is by the grace of God that the 17th survives.
The Scout Group began in 1915, having being approved its formation at the District Scout Council on March 5 1915. Father C M Westlake, the then Parish Priest of St Joseph’s became the first scoutmaster with Cubs meeting on Wednesdays between 6 and 8.15pm and Scouts on Thursday between 7.30 and 9.30pm. They met in the large room of the hall on the south side of the old St Joseph’s Church in Brighton Road. Subscriptions at that time were 1p a week for Cubs and 2p a week for Scouts.
Over the years Scouts have come and gone, Cubs grown up and Beavers introduced. There have been many leaders, helpers and friends associated with the Group who have helped bring Scouting to all the young people. Today we have four Sections made up of Beavers (6-8 years old), Cubs (8-10 years old), Scouts (10 – 14 years old) and Explorers (14 – 18 years old). There are over 120 boys and girls in these four sections. Cubs meet on Tuesdays and the other three sections on Fridays during school term time at the Scout Centre at St Joseph’s. Please follow the link to the 17th Reigate Scout website for more details and contact information.
Since our Centenary celebrations and opening of our new Scout Centre in 2015, the Group has continued to grow in strength. We have opened a second Beaver Colony, a second Cub Pack and are now planning for our second Scout Troop. Our numbers based upon the latest census have 161 young people enjoying Scouting making us the second largest group in Reigate District. We are introducing new activities such as fencing, archery and kayaking to continue to provide opportunities. Our success is down to the fantastic leadership team but we need more help to make the Group even more successful. We need more assistance across all the sections and this could be as little or as much time as can be provided. It needn’t be with the weekly meetings as we also require support in the background whether that be on the Group committee or just helping with activities. No prior Scouting knowledge or experience is needed. If you can help or would like more information please feel free to talk to any leader, or contact Tony, GSL email email@example.com or phone 07872 617940.
The way to ‘greatness’ in the real sense of that word is found through the taking up of the Cross, in service of others and in a real openness to the simplicity that is found in child-like trust.
Bishop Richard Moth