Ian’s Update August 2015


We have recently been trying to recruit more leaders to support those currently providing a fantastic range of activities for our youngsters. Sadly, to date, we have been unsuccessful and as a result, not only are we unable to take youngsters from the waiting list, we are also looking at the possibility of having to close one of our cub packs.

It would be a tragedy at any time to have to take such action but as Taverham Scout Group marks 50 years of Scouting in Taverham, it makes this even harder.

Many hundreds of boys and more recently girls have benefitted immensely from Scouting and it has played a massive impact on developing and shaping lives – sticking to traditional values and mixing new and old activities from camping and cooking on fires, to digital media and latest technology.

Below is an extract from the letter to parents. If anyone aged 18 or over would like to add to our leadership team and experience the fun and enjoyment of Scouting then please get in touch for a chat. Whilst we have leaders who help and support new recruits, this is an ideal time to give some of YOUR time to the next generation……

‘’Dear Parents

As you may be aware, during 2014 and more actively during 2015 we have been advertising for additional help to support our Leadership team, especially the Cub Section.

There were two main reasons for us advertising for additional Leaders:

  1. Scouting in Taverham is very popular and our waiting list has enough children on it to support two Cub Packs and an additional Beaver Colony
  2. One of our experienced Cub Leaders, Dave has decided to step down from his current role.

Dave was aware of the impact his decision would have on the children and the Group so kindly agreed to stay on for a little longer to enable us to source support; this has ended up being six months longer than intentionally planned.

Unfortunately, and sadly for the children, all our advertising and discussions with those who made enquiries has not been successful. This has now placed us in a position in which a difficult decision has had to be made with regards to our Tuesday Cub Pack. 

It is with regret that I am writing to inform you that, unless a suitable Leader is found between now and November, our Tuesday Cub Pack will be closing at the end of 2015. This decision has not been taken lightly as I am sure you will realise it will have a significant impact on our Beaver Colony and current waiting list.

For those children in Beavers the impact will be that a progression to Cubs will no longer be guaranteed. Our only remaining Cub Pack (Mondays) will not be able to provide places for all the youngsters who finish Beavers nor to any new children who arrive in the area of Cub age. Every effort is being made to accommodate as many children as possible and parents will be informed of places or changes to waiting lists during the remaining months of the current term.’’

HQ Hire:

We currently have time available on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the day to hire the HQ for groups/meetings etc.  If you are looking for a regular home in Taverham and would like further details then please get in touch.

Waste Paper:

After many years of collecting newspapers for recycling, the Group no longer undertakes this with the falling prices and increased use of Grey bins.  May we thank all those who have supported this fundraiser over the best part of 50 years!

Ian Colman – Chairman