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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.

 Skill

 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 GSL@mardenscouts.org.uk

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St George’s Day Parade – Sunday 23rd April 2017

Posted on April 14th, 2017 by mardenscouts

This year’s St George’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday 23rd April:

Arrive – 13:10, Mountain Warehouse, 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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Christmas Post 2016

Posted on November 30th, 2016 by mardenscouts

Christmas Post 2016

After last year’s success, back by popular demand is our Scout Christmas Post!
We can save you time and you can help us raise funds.  From 1st December there will be posting boxes round the village and you can post your Marden and Collier Street Christmas cards (fully addressed) along with a donation (suggested 20p – 50p). Each card will be franked and delivered throughout the village by Scout-Elves on Sunday 18th December.
There are two ways we need your help please:
• Use the boxes for your village post (locations of post boxes are on the attached poster). Note there will only be one delivery so this is not suitable for regular mail, only Christmas cards. Last posting date: 16th December!
• We need Beavers, Cubs and Scouts – accompanied by an adult – on Sunday 18th December to deliver cards. The Scout HQ will be open from 9 – 10:30am to collect a batch of cards and they must be delivered in daylight, the same day. We appreciate it is a busy time of year and it is the last Sunday before Christmas but the more help we get, the less each person will have to do!
With big thanks to Mrs Weir for again co-ordinating this for us.

xmas-post-2016

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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

 

E-mail: GSL@mardenscouts.org.uk

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 https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/mardenscouts/ 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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Remembrance Sunday 2016

Posted on November 5th, 2016 by mardenscouts

This year the service will be held on Sunday 13th November at St. Michael & All Angels Church in Marden.

We will meet at the Scout HQ at 10:20 and all members need to wear full uniform (with a poppy) ensuring they are as smart as possible (ironed scarves & shiny shoes!).  We will then parade to the church where the service will commence at 10.50am and will last for approximately 1 hour, during which a collection will be taken for the Royal British Legion.

We ask that parents collect their child from outside the church.

As a Group we ask all Leaders, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers to attend Marden’s Remembrance Service to pay our respects to all those who have given their lives while doing their duty. We are always very well represented by our members and we hope that the good turnout continues this year.

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Group Family Games Night and AGM – 15th July 2016

Posted on May 30th, 2016 by mardenscouts

Please come and join us for our Group Family Games Night and AGM on Friday 15th July, 19:00 – 21:00.

If a fun packed evening were not enough we will also provide a hot dog!! We also ask all parents o join us in the HQ for the AGM and hear what we have been up to as well as what our plans are for the next year.

Further details can be found in the attached letter:

Family Games & Group AGM 2016

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More Free Tea and Cake! Sunday 5th June 2016

Posted on May 30th, 2016 by mardenscouts

We would like to thank all those that attended the working party on the morning of Sunday 15th May, I think you would agree that our grounds look far smarter now.

Unfortunately with the time and amount of extra help we had we were unable to attend to all the areas that needed tackling, and so it will be necessary to hold another working party on Sunday 5th June 9.30am -12 noon.

We would ask that you please bring any tools you feel would best aid in gardening and clearing the grounds (we do need to clear Ivy off the back wall so step ladders / ladders would be useful, and  prune back some of the trees, so long pruning saws would be handy). We have also a considerable amount of rubbish around the grounds (broken chairs, old fire drums, old cupboards), so would be grateful to those with a car and boot space that would be willing to do a run to the tip.

In addition to us all wanting to enjoy a smart Scout HQ, we also have a commitment under the terms of our lease to keep the building and site looking presentable and so we would also ask if there were volunteers that would form a Maintenance Team and then organise themselves in the regular upkeep / development of the grounds and buildings.

If you or someone you know would like to help as part of the Maintenance Team then please speak with your Section Leader or please contact myself.

I am sure you will appreciate that the Section Leaders and Committee members give a considerable amount of time to the Scout Group to ensure all of our members receive a fantastic Scouting experience in safe, serviceable facilities.  Without the help of additional volunteers in the ongoing maintenance of the HQ & grounds the Scout Group would be forced to use contractors, and their cost would significantly eat into our funds.

We look forward to your help and support on the 5th

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Table Top Sale – Sat 11th June

Posted on May 14th, 2016 by mardenscouts

TABLE TOP SALE – Saturday 11th June

Marden Scout Group are holding a TABLE TOP SALE in the grounds of Marden Scout Hut on Saturday 11th June, full details on the attached flyer.  This is a great opportunity to raise money to pay for the recent repair work done to the hall doors and walls.

We are naturally keen to make this a success and would like your support by booking a pitch.  Please e-mail contact@mardenscouts.org.uk to sell your unwanted items and don’t forget to let us know if you’d like to hire a table for £2.

We would also appreciate your help in a big way if you and a friend or two could offer an hour or more of your time on the day and help us in one of the following ways –eg Gate marshal, money taker, directing table bookings, car park attendant, serving teas and coffees, cooking burgers and clearing up at the end etc

We are a charitable organisation and we rely on Parent/Carer help to organise these events and provide adventurous, educational fun packed activities in a safe and sound environment.  The reality is, if we don’t get help from our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers Parents or Carers then we are unable to function,  either by holding events such as these or providing an evening when Scouts Cubs and Beavers can meet!

If you e-mail contact@mardenscouts.org.uk your name and entitle the e-mail TABLE TOP HELPER and state how much time you are willing to offer – include your friends name(s) too and we can organise a rota for your time slot.

Please check out our Facebook page and let others know of the TABLE TOP SALE, but don’t forget to book your pitch first!  If you have items you’d like to donate to the Scout Group to sell then please e-mail contact@mardenscouts.org.uk entitle UNWANTED ITEMS  letting us know (no electrical items please).

Please pass this message on and help us to make Marden Scout Group the very best that it can be!

Thank you

 

David Brockis

Group Chairman

Table top sale poster

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Marden Scarf Badge

Posted on April 23rd, 2016 by mardenscouts

Marden Group Scarf Badge

A little while back we asked all of our members to design a badge to replace the existing badge worn on our Group scarf. We received a number of designs from across all of our sections and then our Executive Committee judged them all for a best individual design. After a lot of debate (and arguments!!!) we have taken 3 designs; created by Sophie Scott, Victoria Higgs and Abigail Nayler; to create a unique eye-catching badge that represents Marden.

All of our current members will be given a new badge by their section leader at the end of their next meeting, we ask that you please remove the “old” badge from your scarf and sew on this replacement ASAP. To avoid losing your new badge, don’t forget to clearly mark your name on your scarf!

Alternatively if you wish to avoid sewing, we have a supply of new scarves which have the new badge embroidered on them already, these can be purchased from your section leader for £6 each (we would be grateful if you could bring exact monies).

Our thanks to all for their designs and special thanks to Sophie, Victoria and Abigail who’s badge will be worn by all members of Marden Scout Group for many years to come. 

Marden Scarf Badge Letter

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