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SW Notts Scout District

Scouting is an open and inclusive organisation for all young people aged 6 to 25 years – and adults too!

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

Our 12 Scout Groups and 5 Explorer Scout Units currently provide a challenging and adventurous programme of fun-packed activities for over 800 young people.

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The Scout Network is the section within Scouting for 18-25 year olds.

Many of our volunteer leaders fall within this age group and Network gives them an oppportunity undertake active scouting for their own benefit by, perhaps, working towards their DofE Gold Award or the Queen’s Scout Award – with people of their own age.

Following discussions with Notts SSAGO, we are hoping to re-launch our District Network Scout provision which will include members of SSAGO.

21 students at the University of Nottingham (who are members of SSAGO) have signed up as members of our District Network and are hoping to take part in an Explorer Belt Expedition in 2017. Many of them are also adult volunteers working with sections in the Scout Association or Girlguiding UK locally whilst they are studying for their degree.

We welcome them all, and looking forward to supporting them as they prepare for their Explorer Belt Challenge.



By Royal AppointmentQueens Scout

Ten Nottinghamshire Scouts, four girls and six boys were honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle on 24th April for gaining their Queen’s Scout Awards, the highest awards for young people in Scouting. Bear was joined at Windsor by Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO.


The Queen’s Scout Award is awarded for outstanding personal achievement. This honour is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, which includes service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

Amongst them was Matthew Styles, Explorer Scout Leader at Pioneer ESU in SW Notts District (pictured above -third from the left).

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “All these young people have lived the adventure of a lifetime to achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards, and I admire that spirit so much. They are huge inspirations to over half a million Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that Scouting has honoured them today. They are amazing.”

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2nd Beeston Sea Scouts Sponsored Sunday Success!

2016-04-10 04.25.32Members of the 2nd Beeston (Parish Church) Sea Scout Group turned out in force on Sunday 10th April to raise funds towards the purchase of Canadian Canoes to supplement their current fleet of kayaks, pulling boats and canoes.

Leaders, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts, supported by mums, dads and supporters joined forces to make the journey from Beeston Marina to Nottingham – a distance of just over 4 miles. Some walked along the canal towpath, others paddled or rowed, but the result was a amazing fun day out for young people and adults alike.

The Group is hopeful that the final tally, after receipt of gift aid, will exceed £1000.

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2nd Beeston Scout Group are recruiting NOW!

2nd Beeston rowingThe 2nd Beeston Scout Group currently have spare places in their Beaver, Cub and Scout sections.

The Group, whose HQ is situated on Lilac Grove in Beeston,  not only offers the traditional programme of Scouting skills at all levels but, because they are also a Sea Scout Group, they offer specialist water activities from their Water Activity Centre situated on Barton Island in the River Trent (opposite Attenborough Nature Reserve).

Qualified leaders and instructors offer Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts the opportunity to go kayaking and rowing on the River Trent and to camp on Barton Island during the summer months.


Beavers  (for 6 & 7 year-olds) meet on Thursday evenings from 6.15pm – 7.30pm

Cubs (for 8 & 9 year-olds) meet on Mondays from 6.45pm – 8.15pm

Scouts (for 10 – 14 year-olds) meet on Fridays from 7.30pm – 9.00pm

All sections are open to both boys and girls.

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minibusAre you planning on using a minibus for a Scouting activity this year?

ALL Scout Groups, Districts and Counties who operate (own, borrow or hire), a minibus require a Standard Bus Permit.

Did you know, under The Road Traffic Act minibus insurance is a legal requirement? Whether you own, hire or borrow a minibus for your Scouting adventure, Unity can arrange your insurance.