adult vacancies – update November 2018

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

We offer training and support and you will be working within a team.

The following sections need new leaders  to join the existing teams,

although any section will welcome extra help.

  • Beavers (age 6-7)  Weds 17.15-18.30 or Friday 1730-18.45
  • Cubs (8-10)  Wednesday 18.30-20.00
  • Scouts (10.5-14)  particularly on Friday 18.55- 21:00
  • Explorers (14-18) Friday 18.55- 21:00
  • We also have a Tuesday Beaver section which is currently closed- if you would be interested in helping restart it, please let me know.

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 one or more 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. This means a couple of (mostly online) meetings per event, a specific task in either admin or something practical on the day.

Please help us fill these vacancies

speak to your section leader or contact our group scout leader- or indicate when filling in the waiting list.

People who do voluntary work are healthier!

According to a study by the General Practice study group at Gent University adults who undertake regular voluntary work tend to be as healthy as those 5 years younger than themselves…  There are apparently several reasons, voluntary work has a positive effect on mental health, it allows care related hormones to be freed which help with stress and against infection. It can also provide activities which help protect against the effects of dementia in the eldery.

Many volunteers have a higher than average income which also has a positive effect on health. This ties in with previous results which show that listing voluntary work on your CV increases the chance of work.. The full Dutch language study can be seen on the UGENT website

So why not volunteer with us?

We have vacancies for

  • Group membership administrator: to help process clearances for parents who wish to help regularly or attend overnights.
  • Supplies and Equipment supervisor: someone who can keep the equipment inventory  up to date and order replacements and purchases, or  repairs as necessary- reporting to the Executive
  • Maintenance– additional help with servicing equipment (depending on skills) gas appliances, or canvas…

We can always use additional help in the various sections; from September we need additional assistant leaders in both Beavers, Montgomery Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. You don’t need experience- training is available.

Please contact a section leader or  Helen  our Group scout leader gsl(@)1stbrussels.be if you are interested in knowing more.

Group Bonfire & BBQ 5th November 2016

To celebrate bonfire night we held a scout social event for the whole family at De Kluis.  dscn1366 dscn1359 dscn1368

A lot of people were away for half term but around 100  came along to enjoy burgers and hotdogs and a big bonfire.

We aren’t allowed fireworks in the woods so in addition to the fire we had some games involving glow sticks. The balloon shaving proved very messy and  glowstick hoola hoop was also quite a challenge. Most popular with the younger sections was the glowstick treasure hunt in the woods, with as a prize a glow bracelet each. Some young people went around collecting tokens several times. As usual the scouts and Explorers enjoyed the lazertag  games

Lights and music added to the atmosphere.

Thanks to everyone who helped out by preparing, cooking, serving food or drinks, cleaning or bringing wood etc.

Group Camp report

This October we had our first group camp at De Hoge Rielen in Kasterlee. group-camp-badge

After a wet start for the scouts and explorers hiking in from the railway station on Friday, the weather cleared up and we had 2 nice days for our activities. The site is large and has lots of woods and sandy areas as well as a lot of camping space.  It was great to see all ages  from Beavers through to Explorers working together on the Belgian folk games and  challenges.

We ate lunch in the restaurant and the typically Belgian chervil soup was a new taste for many! In the afternoon the young people separated into their sections and did some other activities with low-level slack lines, a blindfold course, a zipwire, a craft and GPS search depending on their ages. Just walking between activities meant the cubs walked 15km during the day, no wonder they were tired by bedtime! The scouts and explorers built shelters from tarps and pioneering wood. Network were having their own camp alongside ours and 6 members were there. They kindly transported some of the young people and baggage around in the heavy ‘trailer bikes’ and also collected wood and built us an excellent campfire.

On Sunday there was time for scavenger hunts, a wide game and a few other games in between packing up the site and clearing the buildings.

There are more pictures in our smugmug gallery

Joining scouts this school year

You may have seen pictures on the Belgian news of parents camping outside scout buildings to get their child a place.  Luckily we work with a ‘ joining in’ list, but it still isn’t possible to enrol everyone.  Your children’s safety, the capacity of the rooms and the quality of the programme all have to be safeguarded.  Our coordinator has been working hard offering spaces, where possible, to those  on the list. We have 47 new members starting this month. You should hear by September 7th  if we have a space available for your child. We have now filled all the places we can for this term, but there will be some more spaces available in January.

A good tip is to be flexible about which section night you want, we had to disappoint a lot of people this time who only wanted Friday Beavers.  Please sign up for a group near your home; there are other English-speaking groups in Waterloo, SHAPE and Central Brussels.  For British girlguiding (girls only) please sign up on their uk website.

None of the British groups meet at the weekend, except for special occasions, unlike the local scouts. So if weekends are what you want, please look at what they offer. There are also other expat scout groups in the Brussels area   eg Danish, Polish, Hungarian and Boy Scouts of America.

 

Mountbatten cubs aim for the top!

Mountbatten cubs had a great time at their climbing session at Sportoase, Leuven, this Saturday. A big thanks to the instructors, leaders and parents who made this possible.