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SW Notts Scout District

South West Notts Scout District covers the Attenborough, Beeston, Bramcote, Chilwell, Toton, Stapleford and Trowell areas of the Borough of Broxtowe on the outskirts of Nottingham.

Our 12 Scout Groups and 5 Explorer Scout Units and our Network unit currently provide a challenging and adventurous programme of fun-packed activities for over 800 young people aged 6 – 25 years – both boys and girls!

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SW Notts District Scouts Blog

Introducing “The Big Shoot”

The Big Shoot, is a shooting competition for both archery and air rifles held at Drum Hill Scout Camp over the weekend of 13th & 14th May.

This has been running for over 10 years and is open to Scouts, Explorers, Network & Leaders and attracts competitors from a number of counties including Nottinghamshire.

This is a great competition and well worth entering for those who want to experience more than a “have a go session”.

Chris Phillips (GSL at 2nd Toton) has been part of the organising team since the competition started and recommends it as a brilliant programme opportunity for this New Year.

Poster available here and the application form is available here

2017: A New Year with New Opportunities!

2017 has dawned – a year that holds much promise for Scouting in SW Notts.

Look out for further news of the following exciting planned developments:

  • The 6th Beeston Scout Group is planning to open a new Beaver Scout Colony, a new Cub Scout Pack and a new Scout Troop progressively throughout the year – enabling them to potentially offer Scouting to an additional 60 young people across all three sections by mid-2018.
  • 1st Chilwell and Attenborough Scout Group have tentative plans to open a second Beaver Colony to meet the growing demand from local families. They are seeking additional adult volunteers to act as leaders in this new section.
  • We are hoping to sign a 10-year Licence for the use of Hemlock Scout Campsite in Bramcote by the end of March.
  • We will be selecting the young people who will be representing the District at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree to be held in the USA. Keep your eyes and ears open for more details.
  • The 2nd Attenborough Scout Group is anticipating growth in all three sections following a difficult 18 months – brought about by greater community involvement leading to increased interest from local families.
  • Our “Castle Rock” Scout Network, which was launched mid-2016, will be taking part in 2 Explorer Belt Expeditions in the summer. One will be in Sweden and the other in Italy.
  • We aim to appoint a District Youth Commissioner to help us further promote Youth Shaped Scouting in readiness for the new exciting developments planned for Scouting nationally in 2018.

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Christmas and Scouting

Chmembership-badgeristmas is traditionally an occasion when members of our wider families congregate and share food and exchange presents.

As “Scouts” we have a second wider family. We call it the “worldwide family of Scouts”. It serves to remind us that over 28 million Scouts throughout the world share the same values and World Membership Badge.

This “wider Scouting family” comes together every four years for a World Scout Jamboree when thousands of scouts from across the world meet and share experiences, learn about each other’s cultures and have fun. Many come from countries where war, famine, and political unrest have sadly become an everyday fact of life.

Our own young members come from a variety of social backgrounds and faiths. Many come from families living on State Benefits. We respect and support each other – upholding the core Values of Scouting. These are:

  • Integrity – We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
  • Respect – We have self-respect and respect for others.
  • Care – We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
  • Belief – We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
  • Cooperation – We make a positive difference; we cooperate with others and make friends.

Let us resolve that this Christmas and throughout the coming year we will continue to uphold these values.

‘Commissioner’s Commendation Award’ for Dan Wood


Nottinghamshire Scouts’ County Commissioner, Matt Rooney, has awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation Award to Dan Wood – Assistant County Commissioner (Cub Scouts) – in recognition of his phenomenal efforts in ensuring that 2500 Nottinghamshire Cub Scouts had a “Centenary to Remember” in 2016.

Dan and his team organised a series of high profile events for the County’s Cub Scouts as part of the “Cubs 100” celebrations, including a day of “action” at the Doncaster Dome, a special Cub Scout Centenary Camp at Southwell Racecouse and a trip to the Science and Natural History Museums in London.

Dan was presented with his Award by Simon Clark (DC, SW Notts), acting on behalf of the County Commissioner, in front of over 200 Cubs and their leaders at the SW Notts District’s Promise Party held on 16th December at Tenpin Nottingham.

After the Cubs renewed their Promise they enjoyed an hour of Tenpin Bowling.

What a fitting end to this year of celebration and FUN!

Many congratulations Dan, and thank you for all your hard work.