1st ditton scout group
ABOUT
Who we are, where do we come from...
"Welcome to the 1st Ditton Scout Group. Home to Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers in the Malling area of Kent.

We are an active and community based Scout Group situated in Kent. We are part of the Malling Scout District, which in turn is part of Kent county Scouts. 

We host all the sections from age 6 up to the age of 18 working in partnership with the local Explorer Scout Unit. 

The 1st Ditton was formed in 1929 by a local residents. We are proud to carry on their legacy and to continue to serve and to play an active part in our community.

Scouting provides fun, challenge and adventure to over 500,000 members, and all of their leaders in the United Kingdom. Every Scout Group in the UK is dependent on its volunteers, so any help that you can give us in any form would be brilliant – even if it’s just an hour a month!

Ross King

Group Scout Leader, 1st Ditton"


Who we are

The adults that run 1st Ditton are called Scouters. They give up their time to support the aims of the Scout Association and to look after our young people. They do not get paid for this and they use up their annual leave to take the older sections away on camp.

All leaders are required to undertake training or learning appropriate to their role. This training normally takes place in their own time; the vast majority of our Leaders also have full-time jobs and family commitments.
 
Section Leaders are responsible to our Group Scout Leader who, in turn, is responsible to the District Commissioner for the Malling District.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact your child’s Section Leader, or if they are not available the Group Scout Leader (Ross King).

What Do Our Members Need?

For the first few meetings, your child needs nothing to enjoy the experience of Scouting. We recommend that they do not wear their Sunday Best to the meetings, as their clothes may get a little dirty. 

If, after a few weeks, normally half a term, they want to continue attending, the Section Leader will let you know and you will need to buy a uniform so that they can then be invested into the Group and the Family of Scouting.

What Will It Cost?

1st Ditton charges subscriptions to cover the running costs of the group, rent, electricity, replacing our equipment and many more things. It does not cover our Leaders’ wages, as we are all volunteers. We charge £8 per Month paid by standing order.

There will be additional charges for things such as camps, special events or outings, and you will receive a letter informing you of such beforehand.

The Explorer Unit is not part of the Group and you should contact the Explorer leadership team to discuss costs etc. Please see the Explorer section for contact details.

When Do Our Sections Meet

Each of our Sections meets once a week, during term time. However, there are often occasions when there will be additional meetings, such as days out, camps, and fundraising events, for example Jumble Sales and 10p Fairs.
 
• Explorers Monday 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm 
• River Beavers Monday 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 
• Woodland Beavers Tuesday 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 
• Lion Cubs Tuesday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 
• Otter Scouts Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
• Beaver Scouts Friday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Beavers
From 6 - 8 years you can join us for Beavers, we have two colonies that meet on 
Cubs
From 8 - 10 years join us for Cubs.Lion Pack meets on a Wednesday evening from until .
Scouts
From 10 - 14 why not join Scouts. We have two Troops, Otters and Beavers. Otters meet on a Thursday from 7pm until 9pm and Beavers meet on a Friday 7pm until 9pm.
NEWS
News
We are currently recruiting in our leadership team and exec team.

This life changing adventure is possible thanks to our adult volunteers, who support Scouts in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee. We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.

Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life. 
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JOIN
If you would like to join the fun either as a Scout or a Leader please feel free to get in touch
CONTACT ADDRESS

gsl@1stditton.co.uk

Behind 16-18 New Road
Ditton

ME20 6AD

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