As we come to the end of 2020, we can reflect on a very difficult year for the Scouting ‘family’. Sadly, apart from a brief ‘window’ in late September and early October all ‘face to face’ meetings for our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were cancelled from March through to December. Similarly, we were not able to run our usual round of camping, canal cruising and other activity events that make up the Group’s usual highly active programme.
Our leadership team have however done an amazing job of running section meetings ‘on-line’ via Zoom, and whilst this may not suit all of the Group’s members we have had a strong engagement by all sections with a chance for leaders and our young people to showcase new talents, we’ve even had on-line investitures !!. So, well done to all our leaders to rising to the challenge and thank you for your extreme dedication this year. Thank you also to our community of parents for encouraging their Beaver, Cub or Scout to remain active in Scouting this year, and of course to our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts for joining in with enthusiasm and good humour.
Considerable effort went into getting our HQ Covid secure and meeting the new rules for section meetings as set out by the Scout Association and the National Youth Agency, my sincere thanks to all those involved in making this happen, allbeit for only a very short period of time. It does however put us into a great position to re-commence ‘face to face’ meetings as soon as we are able to safely do so in the New Year.
Turning to 2021, I am delighted to be able to advise that Jenny has stepped forward to take on the role as our new Troop Scout Leader from January, we all wish her well and know that she will take the Troop from strength to strength. Our thanks go to Jonny, who has led the Troop section for the last 10 years providing, with his fellow leaders, a weekly programme of activities as well as week long camps, canal boating trips and slightly shorter trips to Snowdonia, something that I am sure many current and former troop members remember with fondness. Jonny is continuing to support the Scout section as an assistant leader.
Our Group can only be successful through the inspired contribution of our leadership team. We still are in very urgent need of volunteers who have a genuine interest in supporting the young people of Cheam by leading the Group, in particular we need a Group Scout Leader, more leaders in the Cub section and a person willing to take on a role as our Beaver leader. Please don’t be afraid to step forward to offer your support or to maybe encourage a friend or family member to volunteer. Helping our young people develop and grow into useful and responsible members of society is something that can make a real difference. So, do make contact with us via our website or speak to one of our leaders if you feel you can help us in any way.
Finally may I wish you, and your families, all the very best for Christmas and the New Year and let us all look forward to an active ‘Scouting’ 2021.
Dave Hodges – Chairman 1st Cheam Scouts