Scouts made me a do-er and a give it a go-er. Made me question and listen and have a wide-open mind. Scouts made me take a deep breath and speak up. Made me think on my feet, made me see the big picture, made me ignore the butterflies and go for it. Scouts made me get back up and try again. Made me think about what’s next, and plan for it. Made me jump in, get muddy, give back and get set.
We’re Scouts and everyone’s welcome here. All genders, races, and backgrounds. Every week we give over seventy children and young people aged 4 – 14 from across Holystone, Shiremoor, West Allotment, and Backworth, the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge, and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.
Our Beaver, Cub, and Scout sections meet on a Monday night at Holystone Primary School and are recognisable from their gold and scarlet trim neckers.
We are an extremely popular group and our numbers are constantly increasing so if you have a young child interested in joining, we encourage you to add them to our waiting list early to ensure they get a place.
The section programmes are designed to be challenging, relevant and rewarding for all young people and based around three main themes: Outdoor and Adventure, World and Skills. The group enjoy getting out into the grounds of the school venue which includes a large field with adventure courses, a nature area including a fire pit area and pond and a traverse climbing wall. We also enjoy getting out and about in the local community. The local Rising Sun Country Park and Cobalt Biodiversity Parks are popular destinations for orienteering, hikes (day and night), tracking and wide games.
We listen to and value the views of our young people and ensure that the programmes incorporate their ideas. We hold regular youth forums, so the young people are involved in core decisions for the group and can take on leadership roles within their sections.
Young people’s achievements are recognised through a range of different badges and awards they can earn whilst in their section. Many of the young people go on to achieve their Chief Scout Awards and are invited to attend an award ceremony held by the County. Alongside this we have our own rewards systems such as weekly medals for those who go above and beyond.
Active in the Community
As scouts we aim to make the world a better place through making impact in our communities. As a group we complete litter picks, activities around recycling and annual environmental conservation at Cragside. Alongside this we regularly bring in visitors from organisations who help different groups of people within communities in order to educate the young people around challenges within society and inspire them to do good in the world. In the past we have had visits from the emergency services, Street Pastors and the Whitley Bay Foodbank. We have also had the opportunity to visit both Cullercoats and Tynemouth Life boat stations and be given talks by the volunteers of the RNLI as well as various religious buildings in the area – a Hindu Temple, an Islamic Mosque and a Jewish Synagogue and heard talks from their religious leaders.
So Join the Adventure Today…