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Group AGM – 17th July 2018

Posted on July 8th, 2018 by mardenscouts

We would like to invite you all to join us at this year’s AGM which will be held at the HQ on Tuesday 17th July at 20:00.  The AGM will include reports from section Leaders about the fun and adventure the young people have enjoyed over the past year, as well as details from the Executive Committee regarding the Group’s development, expenditure and finances and is also an open forum for yourselves to give your feedback to the Group.


We also hold the election of officers to the Group Executive Committee during the meeting. As mentioned in my recent letter, last year our Group Secretary stepped down and following a number of years in the role our Group Chair, David Brockis, gave us notice of his stepping down this Summer.  Both of these roles are compulsory for us to be able to continue as a Scout Group and also provide a great opportunity for others to help support the more visible Uniformed side (that is thriving!!).  A very brief role description for both is below but please contact me if you would like any other details or have any questions at all:


  • Group Chair – Key Responsibilities: Chair the bi-monthly Group Executive Committee.  Work closely with and support the Group Scout Leader, maintaining effective communication, to encourage the development of Scouting within the Group and as part of the local community.
  • Group Secretary – Key Responsibilities: Attendance of bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting. Collating and issuing meeting agenda. Noting and producing minutes of the meeting. In liaison with section leaders, help to maintain the member data base and compilation of annual census report to the Scout Association. This role can be flexible and split on a “job share” basis for any willing volunteers!


Other roles / vacancies:

  • Parent Representative – Key Responsibilities: Attendance of bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting. To give feedback / thoughts / ideas from a parental perspective to the running of the Group. To be a “conduit” of feedback from parents to Section Leaders and the Executive Committee.
  • Supporter Association Co-ordinator – Key Responsibilities: Attendance of bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting. Organising and coordinating with the Supporters Association for Group social and fund-raising events.
  • Supporters Association – Have you any ideas for events that the Group could run? Would you be willing to plan / run an event, be it a one off or something regular? Would you be willing to help at events? Have you family / friends outside the Group that may wish to help?
  • Other – In addition to these positions we are also welcoming volunteers to help us with the running of the sections, maintenance of the Group website, promotion of the Group / Group events, maintenance of the buildings and grounds.


Please do let us know at the AGM or pass contact details through your section leader if you are able to help with any of these areas. While I appreciate that all have busy lives, without the help and support of our members, Marden Scout Group will not be able to continue to grow and offer the fantastic opportunities that Scouting brings to the young people in and around Marden..


Yours in Scouting


Kieran Burns

Group Scout Leader

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Skills for Life

Posted on May 15th, 2018 by mardenscouts

Skills for Life – Welcome to our new strategy and branding

Today was the announcement of our 2018-2023 strategy: Skills for Life: Our plan to prepare better futures.

This also includes the launch of a new brand which you will see over the coming weeks….



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New Beaver Colony!!

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 by mardenscouts

With a large number of young people on our Beaver waiting lists, back in mid-February we held an Open event and invited young people and their parents to join us to experience for themselves the fun and adventure Scouting can be.  Our Beaver Leaders David & Alison along with Claire from the Cub Leader team ran games & activities (including back woods cooking) and a great morning was had by all.

Seeing the fun that was had, a number of parents came forward to offer help. Over the following 4 weeks, with the support from Leaders from Kent County Scout Team & Jeff our Scout Leader, both the young people & adults had further opportunity to experience more fun through Scouting & for the adult volunteers an insight into being part of a leadership team by planning & running some of the colonies activities.

Over the Easter break we got together with the Adult volunteers and I am really pleased to say that they all wished to continue as part of the Leader Team & carry forward the opening of a new, second Beaver Colony in Marden.  The new Team had lots of great ideas for future activities & put together a fun & exciting programme for the coming months for our new Beaver members holding their first night as a new Colony last week.

I am sure you will join me in wishing our new Beavers and their Leader Team all the success for the future and welcome them to Marden Scout Group.

Yours in Scouting


Kieran Burns

Group Scout Leader


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St George’s Day Parade – Sunday 22nd April 2018

Posted on April 21st, 2018 by mardenscouts

This year’s St George’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday 22nd April:

Arrive – 13:10, around Poundland, Week Street, Maidstone
Wear – Full smart uniform (bring waterproof coats if the weather is not looking great!)
Depart – 14:45 – 15:00, Archbishop’s Palace Courtyard

For anyone who wishes to watch us Parade we will start from Week Street at 13:30, head along the High Street, turn down Mill Street and finish at All Saints Church.

As a Group we do ask members to support 2 annual parades, this being one of them. We are always very well represented by our members at this service and hope that the good turnout continues this year.

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Beaver Open Morning – Saturday 17th February

Posted on February 11th, 2018 by mardenscouts

Marden Scout Group are holding an open morning this weekend (Saturday 17th February) for those young people that are interested in finding out about the fun and adventure that can be had when they become a Beaver Scout (6 to 8 years old, or if you are an existing Marden Beaver and want some extra half term fun with one of your parents!)

We would also like to extend this invitation to adults that may be interested in finding out more about how they could help grow our Group.

Please see the attached flyer, and if you fancy coming along drop us an email …. it would be really handy if you can let us know by Tuesday !

Marden Beaver Open Morning

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New Group Newsletter

Posted on December 10th, 2017 by mardenscouts

We have launched a new Group Newsletter this term.

As well as being sent out by e-mail we will also print out copies and these can always be found on the Newsletter page on the website too (

The link to the first issue is also below, any ideas for next term let us know!

MSG Newsletter – Winter 2017 – Issue 1

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Christmas Post 2017

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 by mardenscouts

Christmas Post 2017

This year we are again running the Christmas Post service for the village and need your support in 2 ways:

a) Please use this for all your local deliveries boxes will be appearing around the village and also spread the word to all local friends and families and encourage them to do the same

b) Come to the HQ at 10:00 on Saturday 16th December to help us deliver everything – many hands make light work!

Full details attached and thank you for your continued support

Christmas post snip2

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Volunteer Leaders Required

Posted on April 16th, 2017 by mardenscouts

Our team of adult leaders is made up of dedicated volunteers – they are the people who make Scouting happen

For most of the week they are business executives, engineers, plumbers, nurses, teachers, you name it, but the rest of the time they are the heart and soul of what we do.

Take part in your child’s adventure

Many groups will have a parent rota which you may be asked to join. You may feel that you don’t have the appropriate skills to help. However, the table below provides a snapshot of ways that parents get involved with their child’s Scout Group. We can, and do, use people with a variety of everyday skills.


 How you can help

 First aid qualification  Run a first aid session with young people or adults
 Interest in nature  Take young people on a nature ramble
 Accountancy  Become the treasurer at Group, District or County level
 PR  Write a press release for the group
 Cooking  Run a cooking session for young people
 Gardening  Help us keep our grounds looking great
 DIY  Paint doors or fix shelves in the HQ

We are currently looking for volunteers to help supervise Cubs, if you would like to help us please contact

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From the GSL…

Posted on November 14th, 2016 by mardenscouts

Dear Parents and Friends of Marden Scout Group

It is great to report that the number of young people in the all 3 of our sections remain high, a fantastic indication that the section leader teams are giving our young people the type of activities, challenges and adventures that they obviously enjoy.  These high numbers however do pose their own challenge for the Scout Group in consideration with not only the available space of the Scout Hut but also the number of adult uniformed helpers needed to supervise the young people and conform to the Scout Association guidelines.

While it has to be said that the Scout Group would gratefully receive help from all those willing to volunteer their time, our Cub section with currently only two uniformed helpers, Claire and Ben is of urgent concern.

The Cub Pack will now have to limit membership numbers and the type of activities they are able to provide and should either Claire or Ben be unavailable to attend then meetings will need to be cancelled.  Restricted Cub membership will also have an impact on both of the other sections, with Beavers having to consider their member numbers and when members can move on, and a smaller Cub pack will obviously impact numbers moving on to the Scout Troop.

While there is a necessity for our uniformed helpers to participate in modular training, you don’t have to be Bear Grylls to volunteer! Having been involved in Marden’s leader team since 1993 I can personally say that seeing young people learn, grow and have fun is an enormous reward for the time I have given.

With growing numbers of residents in the Parish and young people making enquiries into joining the Scout Group, it is great opportunity for the Group to grow its numbers but without adult volunteers we will be unable to do so and leave many young people missing out on the fantastic experiences that Scouting offers. 

If you are able to give some of your time and help, in particular our Cub Pack, then please contact either myself or the section leaders.

Yours in Scouting


Kieran Burns

Group Scout Leader



Tel:      01622 433971

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No catch – raise free donations for us every time you shop online!

Posted on November 5th, 2016 by mardenscouts
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for Marden Scout Group?
There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
1. Head to and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and Marden Scout Group will be really grateful for your donations.
Thank you for your support.

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