The Third Crofton Park Scout Group

Russell: My dad made it sound so easy. He's really good at camping, and how to make fire from rocks and stuff. He used to come to all my sweat lodge meetings. And afterwards, we'd go get ice cream at Fenton's. I always get chocolate and he gets butter brickle. Then we sit on this one curb right outside, and I'd count all the blue cars and he counts all the red ones, and whoever gets the most, wins. I like that curb. It might sound boring, but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most.
- Up

Adam writes:

The Scout Association encourages everyone to ‘Join The Adventure’. That’s exactly what many young people in the Crofton Park area have done with the opening of the 3rd Crofton Park Beaver colony, and this April, a Cub Pack.

This is great news for the local area, however, such is the enthusiasm of the young people we are now at full capacity in both the Beaver and the Cub sections. In order to allow more young people experience the adventure that is Scouting we need more adult volunteers to assist on a weekly basis.

We meet at St Hilda’s Chruch, Courtari Road, Crofton Park, every Thursday, Beavers 6:15-7:15 & Cubs 6:00 – 7:30.

If you are 18+ and can spare 90 minutes a week then please get in touch with Adam Longhurst (Cub Scout Leader) on 020 3663 0307/ Longhurst_uk@hotmail.com or Garry Leach (Development officer for Lewisham) 020 3091 6832/ lewishamldo@live.co.uk. Full training is provided, no prior experience required.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do they still make the kids take a religious oath?

THNick said...

And the leaders (as I understand). Although I never took the oath seriously and I don't think anyone else did.

PS that Up quote is a bit depressing.

Anonymous said...

Oh for Christ's sake, Brockley people can be the most po faced, self righteous, middle class prigs sometimes. It's the bloody scouts! They do hill walking and camping! And knots! It's not the Hitler youth, but now we'll get the middle class do gooders ranting about the Woodcraft Folk next no doubt.

As Orwell said in a different context, an English socialist would rather give a fascist salute than remove his hat for God Save the King.

Mb said...

I'd rather do neither to be honest.

Anonymous said...

@anon 18.52: here here

david said...

I loved Scouts and remember it being both fairly multi-cultural for the suburban 80s and light on the God-bothering. I'm sure it's even more reflective of the 21st Century now.

What it did do was give me the opportunity to scale mountains, learn to canoe, build fires, go white water rarfting and a whole heap of cool other stuff I'd never have had access to otherwise. I also made some of my best friends, who remain as such and we still get to fall off mountains together.

I'd be quite up for helping, but doubt work would allow me to get there every week (I'm rarely home before 7) - can it be more ad hoc, does anyone know?

RosieH said...

I was a cub scout assistant for four years in my late teens and it still ranks as one of the best things I've ever done. Fantastic fun - thoroughly recommend the experience

kolp said...

Scouts leaders wanted, and the first concern is about the "religious oath"? Priorities!

Brownie dropout said...

Kolp, the religious aspect of the Scouts is actually a priority. In order to be a scout leader I assume you have to believe in God (although they are inclusive of all faiths)
Also, this: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/19/scouts-ban-atheist-schoolboy_n_1984915.html

this is why the Woodcraft Folk are an alternative

Brockley Nick said...

"The Woodcraft Folk" need a rebrand. Profoundly uncool.

Brownie dropout said...

when I was young all the cool kids went to woodcraft, I was very jealous and resentful of my stupid brown bobble hat AND you don't even get a woggle until you're a guide (although we Brownies did get to skip around a giant red and white spotted mushroom so that was a slight plus)

Anonymous said...

Brownie dropout, you appear to hav confused "cool" with irritating, self righteous and insufferably middle class.

Brownie dropout said...

I'm not sure how 'self righteous' children can be? I'm talking about over 25 years ago, back when hippies were hippies and everything was a bit more rough hewn (if not actually woven from yoghurt). Cross Currants on New X road was the only shop for miles where you could buy a carob bar (bleurgh! no mum, it does not taste 'just like chocolate' and smoked tofu doesn't taste like bacon either)

mb said...

...having expressed my distate for all things religious and Royla, i should just point out that I was an Air Cadet so willingly swore alligence to the Saxe-Coburgs and did the whole CofE thing. Didn't actually believe any of that nonsence though, i was simply there to fly, glide, shoot rifles, climb, camp and smoke dope when on week long trips to Air Force bases. Happy days.

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