Spring 2016

Each term we welcome new members and say goodbye to families and thank you to leaders  and volunteers who are leaving. This term we’ve been able to welcome 16 new young people and are saying goodbye to 3 of our Beaver leaders.  We wish all the families well in their new locations, and hope they are able to enjoy scouting there.

We are also happy to announce that Central Brussels is now launched as a completely separate UK scout group and has beaver, cub and scout sections, and has just opened a second cub pack. We will still be seeing a lot of them at joint activities like the Grand Prix in February and various camps.

We are members of the Brussels British Community Association and their latest newsletter is here BBCA_NewsletterJan_2016  It includes an article about 1st Brussels.

The new group has taken a lot of folk from our waiting lists and 1st Brussels is now able to offer spaces to most  young people aged 6-13 who wish to join, at the start of the next school term. We even have spare space in some sections. That is partly because we need to ensure we have enough adults to lead each section. Some sections cannot currently accept new members until more adults are available.

Our group is entirely run by volunteers and we can always use  help whether that is leadership during weekly meetings, helping at events and camps or behind the scenes with the exec.  Please consider what part you could play in providing the best possible scouting for your child and others.

Behind the scenes roles

Group administrator(s) ( beavers/cubs)

  • Coordinate the appropriate clearances for parents/helpers attending overnight events (DBS/Local)
  • Check against documentation than collect and post the necessary forms
  • Liaise with leaders to ensure we know who has completed the process

 The following leadership roles are available now, or during the coming year.

There is training and support available for those taking on these roles. We work in teams, so if you can’t commit to every week you can still help. You don’t need previous experience,   a willingness to work with children, a love of the outdoors and a sense of humour is enough!

Leadership roles : Sections which meet at the British School of Brussels (Tervuren)

  • Nevis Beavers Tuesdays 1700- 18.15              1 assistant leader
  • Churchill Cubs Thursday 18.30- 20.00                    1 assistant leader
  • Lomond Beavers Friday 17.30-18.45            2 leaders/assistants
  • Griffin scouts Friday 1900-2100                              1 scout leader
  • Explorer Unit 1900-21.00                             2 leaders/assistants

 Leadership roles : Sections which meet at St Pauls British Primary (Vossem-Tervuren)

  • Criffel Beavers Wednesdays      17:15 – 18:30                          1  leader
  • Phoenix Scouts Wednesday 18.45-20.30                2 leaders/assistants

Most of our team are parents but we very much welcome other adults aged 18+, who would like to join our leadership team. You don’t have to be British, we have people from many nationalities, but you do need to be able to speak English.

 Volunteering with scouts is fun!

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