District Commissioner East Surrey

East Surrey District Scouts are starting a search for a new District Commissioner.  The DC “manages and supports the Scout District to ensure it runs effectively and that Scouting within the District develops in accordance with the rules and policies of The Scout Association, so that that the District provides good quality Scouting for young people and proactively supports and manages adults in the District”

The DC is the person to whom the Group Scout Leader is responsible.

Further information is available here:

Richard Moore: electronics and robotics

If there is a Scout or a Cub with a serious and genuine interest in electronics and robotics, some materials for the continuance of a hobby in this area, can be made available. These materials were the property of our late colleague Richard Moore, and are available to the right candidate at the request of Richard’s parents.

Richard Moore – funeral

Our dear colleague Richard Moore will be laid to rest after a service at Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, St Richard’s Chapel, Balcombe Road, Crawley, RH10 3NQ.
Time: 3.45pm
Date: Tuesday 5th April

No Flowers but donations to The Royal Marsden Hospital and St Catherine’s Hospice Crawley in Richard’s memory.

After the service everyone is invited (including those who could not make the service) back to 1st Oxted HQ starting 5pm onwards until later.

Uniformed leaders attending are asked to wear FULL UNIFORM including awards, Non-uniformed mourners are asked to wear BLUE (not black) in honour of the Royal Navy, in which RIchard served.

All Scouts and Explorers are welcome to attend in uniform accompanied by their parents. Certain of the Scouts may have a greater role to play in this funeral of a beloved leader; their parents will be contacted separately.

Richard Moore, 1988-2016: RIP

It is my sad duty to announce that our great friend and fellow Scout leader Mr Richard Moore passed away in hospital yesterday, aged 27. He had been ill for some years and soldiered on regardless, with great zest for life. Richard was an outstanding example to young people and adults, and was always present when there was hard work to be done. He made a tremendous contribution to the life and work of both our Troops, to us as a Group and to the 1st Tatsfield Scouts, and also to East Surrey District. Only in recent weeks he received a citation from the Scout Association for meritorious conduct in the face of great adversity. Richard was himself a former 1st Oxted Scout and was also a holder of the Queen’s Scout Award – the highest award a uniformed Scout can earn. He served in the Royal Navy, and until only recently was working full time as an air-conditioning engineer. We will all sorely miss our dear friend Richard Moore.

Works in Scout hut car park, 9th – 30th March

From Weds 9th March until after Easter, contractors will be conducting works on behalf of Network Rail. During that time they will use the Scout hut car park continuously.
As a result, parking at the Scout Hut will be be restricted. Please be aware of this when picking up and dropping off your youngsters. If you can park in Gordons Way, please do so. Parking on the bend outside the hut car park is to be avoided.

Network Rail’s contractors have the right to access and use the Scout hut car park at all times. Nevertheless, the contractor will be making a donation to the Group for the inconvenience.

Come and join us!!

The 1st Oxted Scout Group continues to grow and provides safe and fun youth activities in the local community for over 150 young people. But demand for Scouting remains high, and in order to ensure that our safe and fun programme can continue, the Group needs help from still more people.

We welcome volunteer assistance in any area, but in the following areas, for the continuance of our work into next year and beyond, we need to identify people who can assist us in the following areas:

1) treasury – handling funds and monies, subscriptions and accounting

2) administration – dealing with rotas, training records, DBS checks etc, and a Group Secretary.

3) Beavers – at least two or three persons to work with beavers in uniform – 1730-1830 Tuesdays and Thursdays

4) Scouts – at least two or three persons to work with Scouts in uniform – 1915-2100 Mondays and Thursdays

5) General assistance anywhere and everywhere – from being a groundsman, to helping out with youth activities as a parent helper

Training and appropriate ID checks are provided at no cost to you. Commitment can be time-limited, and it is on your terms – according to the requirements of your health, your family and your work.

As for every single one of us, we can honestly say that it has been tremendous fun and we have got a great deal of satisfaction out of Scouting. Yes, there is hard work; yes, there are challenges, but at the end of the day, helping out with Scouting is worth it if even just one youngster gets to do something they might never have done otherwise, as a result of your help or ours.

Nick Hough (Group Scout Leader) & Adrienne Seaman (Chairman and chairman@1stoxtedscouts.com)

Winter term start dates January 2016

As a rule at 1st Oxted, NO school = NO Scouts, Cubs or Beavers
“School” means state schools in East Surrey and in general, at least for Scouts, we mean Oxted School and/or St Mary’s School. Monday Scouts restarts 18th January, Thursday Scouts restarts 15th January. (Patrol Leaders only may be invited to a pre-meeting the week before these two dates.)

Monday Scouts: patrol leaders only 11th Jan; whole troop: 18th Jan
Tuesday Cubs: 12th Jan
Wednesday Cubs: 13th Jan
Thursday Scouts: patrol leaders only 7th Jan, whole Troop: 14th Jan
Beavers Tues 12th and Thurs 14th Jan

Working party and lunch – Saturday 9th January

The 1st Oxted Scout Group continues to grow and provides safe and fun youth activities in the local community for over 150 young people. But demand for Scouting remains high, and in order to ensure that our safe and fun programme can continue, the Group needs help from still more people. On Saturday 9th January 2016, from 1200-1400, we will host lunch at the Group’s HQ, the Stafford Hall on Chalkpit Lane in Oxted. This lunch is open to all parents and all friends of the Group. Young people are welcome so long as they are accompanied by their parents. It will be a a working lunch; the idea is that you come along to see what we do, have a bite to eat and a chat with us, and even join in and help us out with a job or two. Some of us will be making a half day of it, tidying and sorting out our HQ and equipment. We welcome volunteer assistance in any area, but in the following areas, for the continuance of our work into next year and beyond, we need to identify people who can assist us in the following areas:

1) treasury – handling funds and monies, subscriptions and accounting

2) administration – dealing with rotas, training records, DBS checks etc, and a Group Secretary.

3) Beavers – at least two or three persons to work with beavers in uniform – 1730-1830 Tuesdays and Thursdays

4) Scouts – at least two or three persons to work with Scouts in uniform – 1915-2100 Mondays and Thursdays

5) General assistance anywhere and everywhere – from being a groundsman, to helping out with youth activities as a parent helper

Training and appropriate ID checks are provided at no cost to you. Commitment can be time-limited, and it is on your terms – according to the requirements of your health, your family and your work.

As for every single one of us, we can honestly say that it has been tremendous fun and we have got a great deal of satisfaction out of it. Yes, there is hard work; yes, there are challenges, but at the end of the day, helping out with Scouting is worth it if even just one youngster gets to do something they might never have done otherwise, as a result of your help or ours.

Please do feel free to come along to say hello, meet us and to help out, at any time at all between 1000 and 1500 on Saturday 9th January 2016. If you can join us for lunch 1200-1400, so much the better.

Please RSVP to gsl@1stoxtedscouts.com with numbers purely so we can lay on sufficient food. Again to say that your children are welcome to join you. We will be happy to hear from you with any further questions you may have.

Best wishes,

Nick Hough (Group Scout Leader) & Adrienne Seaman (Chairman and chairman@1stoxtedscouts.com)

Demand for Scouting

Demand for Scouting: Since September 2015 there have over 20 applicants to join the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at 1st Oxted. This rate of application is close to three or four times the available supply of places. There is only one way parents can guarantee that their young people get into the 1st Oxted Scout Group, and that is, either become a Scouter themselves for a number of years or join us behind the scenes on our Executive Committee. 1st Oxted has over twenty leaders and more than 150 youngsters in uniform; two Beaver colonies, two Cub Packs and two Scout Troops.  There is great need for further assistance.
Persons willing and able to help out are in a much stronger position on our list. We always welcome further communication with positive and encouraging parents who are willing and able to assist in any serious way, large or small, with the work of the Group and the community – all leaders and helpers are unpaid volunteers. The Group depends on volunteer assistance doing a little here, a little there. Not all are uniformed Scouters. There is a need for assistance with fund raising, for people able to handle administration of lists, subs and monies, occasional organisers or rotas and events, sometimes cooks and caterers, sometimes extra parents for certain activities, and for groundsmen and tradesmen or women.

Parental willingness to undergo a DBS check, and being willing and able to assist on an ad hoc or rota basis around once per term does not count: that is the least we expect and it is a minimum condition of membership.