Lighting up the Forest 2018

17th November 2018

This year we want to make our Bonfire  event at De Kluis bigger and really light up the forest and also raise some money for the 10 scouts and guides from the local British groups who are attending World Scout Jamboree 2019.

This event is open by invitation only to Scouts & Guide groups and their families.

Please join in and make  some lanterns

The overall theme is fairy tales and legends, which gives a lot of scope for your creativity.

  • Let us know if you are choosing a particular story so we can avoid clashes.
  • The rules are simple – make lights and lanterns- from recycled or upcycled materials (as far as possible); provide light by way on glow sticks, battery operated LED, battery Lamps or torches. No naked flames permitted in these displays. (There is no mains electricity available for displays)
  • Arrive on the day (17th November 2018 ) any time after 15.00 to set your lanterns/displays  up at a place directed by the organisers. These will be outdoors in the woods, so please be prepared for the November weather.
  • Make sure they are well secured and not hazardous to passers-by  (eg if you pioneer Rapunzel’s tower, it won’t fall over if the wind blows)
  • At the end of the day, take your equipment away for re-use at home or at your group – or  save them for the next event.

For the moment can you let us know as soon as possible if you plan to come and to make a display for the event? We’ll contact you later with more details  for visitors and how to book food etc

adult vacancies – update September 2018

Over the summer 5 extra adults have joined our team, but we could still use more help.

Scouting is a lot of fun for the adults, and can help you develop skills in new areas.

The following sections need new leaders and helpers  to join the existing teams

  • Beavers (age 6-7) on Tuesday (currently closed, need 1 additional leader) & Weds
  • Cubs (8-10)  on Wednesday
  • Scouts (10.5-14)  on Wednesday and Friday
  • Explorers (14-18) on Friday

Most of our leaders are parents from the group, but people without children are also very welcome. Some leaders started out with a scouting or guiding background, and experience working with children is handy, but some people had no previous experience.
Perhaps you could help- whether that’s every week, once a fortnight, or irregularly due to other commitments. Training & support is available.  All adults working with young people are asked to undergo clearance procedures.

Social Events/Fund-raising working party

Can you help with the preparation and running of our Group social events? Our leaders do a great job of weekly meetings and camps, but there are also group social activities like the bonfire, carols, grand prix etc. We are hoping to expand some events and add more fundraising, but for that we need extra help.

Please help us fill these vacancies

speak to your section leader or contact our group scout leader

District Camp Wegberg

Wegberg was warm, sunny and sporting a lot of pirates last weekend

Here are a few pictures of our 2018 District camp. More will be added to our gallery shortly.

International Camporee 2018

This weekend was the second International Camporee at De Kluis. scouts and explorers from 1st Brussels camped together with other international scout groups from the Brussels region. We had great weather and a very successful programme. The Czech and Slovak scouts ran the campfire and fire poi display. Here are a few pictures, and there are more in our gallery.

Annual Beaver & Cub Car Grand Prix 2018

The Grand Prix was well attended and there were some fantastic designs both in the lego cars and the cub cars.  Congratuations to all our participants and their families!  There are more pictures in our main gallery

One surprise was the visit of John Nordkvelle who was representing our District and came to award Helen with an Award of Merit.

World Scout Jamboree 2019 USA

We are delighted that a number of young people from the group have been selected to attend the WSJ in the US in 2019.  Our Explorer leader Jon Copner is the BSO contingent leader.

In total 8 local young people from 1st Brussels, Central Brussels and Guiding have been selected. Over the next 18 months they will be working together to fundraise for the costs of the camp. Their fees will also help support other young people from countries who could otherwise never afford to attend such an event.

Their first fund raising event was the cake stall at our Grand Prix and St Pauls Church.

Their delicious cakes raised a total of  €382

A big thankyou to all who bought cakes, and well done to the bakers!

Want to know more about the Jamboree?

Clearances for camp 2018

If you wish to attend an overnight event, there are certain procedures the UK scout association require which also help to safeguard your child.

All adults will need to fill in an Adult Info Form occasional helpers 2017 so that you can be entered onto the scout association database ‘Compass’.

For those who have lived in the UK after their 10th birthday please see Clearance-for-a-UK-parent-attending-overnight-events-2 Please  also see the document below about which documents you need to provide to be cleared under the UK system. Please note: The UK Scout Association doesn’t accept DBS clearance certificates from any other source.  It can take a minimum of 3 months to process a clearance!

What information will I be required to include on my Disclosure form

All adults whether or not they’ve lived in the UK will also need to show us a local clearance

All adults* should obtain a local clearance from their commune ‘certificate bon vie et moeurs model 2’ ‘uittreksel uit het strafregister model 2’. * Certain categories eg military and diplomatic families who are not registered with the commune in the same way, cannot obtain this. Please let us know if that is the case.

The group will send confirmation we’ve seen this to UK HQ at Gilwell  who keep records on their database Compass..* If you showed us a local clearance prior to 2016 we may need to see it again (or a new copy) so that we can fill in the local form, as this is a new procedure.

The UK requires us to renew adult clearances every 5 years. We will contact you when a renewal is required. We usually keep the records for 5 years unless you leave the group or tell us you no longer require a clearance.

Sign up now to join at Easter

We currently have spaces in every age group from 6- 13 years for both girls and boys. There are openings on various evenings, so if you’d like to start Scouting with us,  register on our joining page and our coordinator will contact you over the next month. http://www.1stbrussels.be/joining-in/   The initial  3 weeks  of term are your chance for a free trail.

What is Scouting?

Fun, adventure, teamwork, games, cooking, crafts, walks, badges, camping at home and abroad, service to others, challenges and so much more.  As a parent I can say that Scouting helped my own kids grow in confidence and gain skills which helped them as they moved on into adult life. Did you know that most of the men who walked on the moon had been scouts?  Have a look at a few of our  Scouting Ambassadors

If you would like to volunteer with our group, we especially need leaders with Tuesday Cubs and Friday Scouts at BSB.

 

 

Nevis Beavers reopening

Good news for 6 & 7 year olds: Nevis Beavers at  16.45 on Tuesdays at BSB is reopening in October.  This is particulalry suitable for BSB pupils as its so early in the evening. Why not join us!

By Christmas we should also have room for more Beavers in the other colonies too- so if you’re almost 6 sign up now!

What do Beavers do?

Things like, games, cooking, disability awareness, walks in the park, making things, learning about space, celebrations, campfires, going to sleepovers and camps!

There are lots of badges you can earn too!

Scouting has a whole programme of activities which teach new skills and build confidence and team work in all age groups.

Above all we have fun!

A new scouting year- joining the group- update 19th Sept

I hope everyone is looking forward to a new year full of Scouting fun. The leaders are already planning and looking forward to welcoming all our young people.

We still have the following spaces:

Cubs age 8-10.5 on Tuesdays at BSB

Scouts 10.5 – 14 on Wednesdays at ISF Vossem

and  Scouts Fridays at BSB

Also a few spaces in other sections. If you contact us before  25th September you may be able to start this term. We also have intakes in January and after Easter.

We have a large number of people waiting for a Beaver space, (age 6-7) but we still need another  leader/adult helper on Tuesday  in order to have a large enough team to restart our third colony.

We would love to change that- so if you are interested in Beavers and could volunteer to be a leader at BSB  from 16.30 on Tuesdays  we’d love to hear from you.

No experience is necessary, just a willingness to lean and have fun together with an enthusiastic group of young people. Training is available and you won’t be on your own!

Please feel free to contact Helen gsl(at)1stbrussels.be to chat about this and get more details.