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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


Scouting in Nottinghamshire smashes the 10,000 members mark for the first time in decades

There are now over 10,300 members, including over 2,500 adults – yet waiting lists for young people at an all-time high of 553

Scouts in Nottinghamshire have reported the highest number of adult volunteers on record in its latest annual membership figures. We now have 2597 volunteers locally – more than at any point in Nottinghamshire’s history.

With the nature of volunteering in the UK changing and more adults offering their time flexibly, more people are needed to run Scouting than ever before. This includes youth workers, as well as charity trustees and skills instructors.

imagegenDespite such high numbers of volunteers, the waiting list for young people who want to join the Scouts in Nottinghamshire has sky-rocketed to 553, the highest figure in the County’s history. Scouting continues to grow among young people, with around 100 joining in the 12 months up to 31 January 2017.

There are now 7707 young people involved in Scouting in Nottinghamshire. Scouting continues to be the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK with twelve consecutive years of growth in its youth membership.

We are also seeing a huge increase in the number of parents/carers (of our youth members) volunteering with us, as they want to share the valuable experiences that Scouting provides with their children.

In SW Notts we are calling on adults who want to make a difference to the lives of young people in their communities to give Scouting a go. We recognise that not having enough time is the main barrier to volunteering amongst adults, which is why we want to make it easier by offering flexibility in a range of roles from Scout Group leaders to administrative and trustee roles.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said:

“I’m super proud that we have so many adult volunteers helping young people develop the skills they need to succeed in life. Our challenge is to keep recruiting even more adults as we’ve got 51,000 young people wanting to join and benefit from what Scouting offers. Volunteering changes us all for the better. Please join me.”



SW Notts Scouts join City and Rushcliffe Districts for St George’s Day Parade

SW Notts District will be joining forces with Scouts from the Cty of Nottingham District and Rushcliffe Scout Districts for a massive parade in West Bridgford today,  Sunday 23rd April (St George’s Day).

The parade will leave Bridgford Park at 2.30pm and make it’s way to the main stand at Nottigham Forest Football Club where, in true Scouting tradition, every member will renew their Promise.

It promises to be a fantastic parade, with four bands helping us to keep in step and the flags of over 40 Scout Groups fluttering in the breeze!

Parents are invited to follow us to NFFC and join in our celebration of St George as the worldwide Patron Saint of Scouting.

At the same time, Anne Linsdell – Explorer Scout Leader at Tornado ESU and temporary acting DC for the City District and David Pidgeon – SW Notts District Treasurer, will e attending the Annual Scout Parade at Windsor Castle. Anne was honored by the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, with the Bar to the Siler Acorn and David received the Silver Acorn. We congratulate them both on their Awards.

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Carlton Male Voice Choir Concert – 3rd June 2017

Carlton Male Voice Choir ConcertPlease support this event – the proceeds from which will be used to support Explorer Scouts attending the next World Scout Jamboree.

We need to sell over 100 tickets to make this a success.

Phone Chris Coats or email to book your tickets.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

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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