Welcome to Oatlands Scout Group

Welcome to the official website of Oatlands Scout Group in Walton and Weybridge District, Surrey. We are proud to be a very active group with a large number of young people taking part in a range of exciting and challenging activities each week. We offer Scouting for those aged from 6 to 14 years and also host one of the 4 district Explorer Scout Sections for 14 to 18 year olds.

Our distinctive green and white headquarters, The John Holland Centre, is located on Pantile Road, Weybridge next to the Oatlands Recreation Ground, giving us easy access to the outdoors

Beavers

Beaver Scouts are the youngest section of the Scouting family. Their activities are based around making things, outdoor activities, singing, playing games, going out on visits, investigating nature, listening to stories, learning how to be safe and most importantly, making new friends.

Children join a Beaver Scout Colony for many reasons. It might be they have heard great things from their friends about all the things our Colony gets up to every week. Perhaps parents or carers are keen for them to join. 

Beavers are usually aged between six and eight years old although, at the Beaver Scout Leader's discretion, they can join as young as five and three quarters years old.

Beavers have a Promise and Motto, but there is not a Beaver Scout Law. The concepts of the Scout Law should be presented to Beavers through games, storytelling and other informal devices.

At Oatlands Beavers, we are proud to offer a very active and exciting programme of activities to our members and due to the success of the programme, membership is in high demand.  Our Colony runs at maximum capacity all year round so we do have a waiting list.  We recommend registering your child with us as soon as possible. We usually meet every Wednesday evening during term term; all enquiries to beavers@oatlandsscouts.org.uk

Cubs

Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10½, who make up the second section of the Scouting family,between Beavers and Scouts.

During their time in the Pack, Cub Scouts will get a chance to try lots of different activities like swimming, music, exploring, computing and collecting.

There are a range of badges available which Cub Scouts can wear on their uniforms to show everyone how well they're doing.

Cub Scouts also get to go on trips and days out, to places like the zoo, theme parks or a farm. Sometimes they will be able to go camping with the rest of the Pack and take part in all kinds of outdoor activities.

Oatlands has two cubs packs: Selwyn (selwyn@oatlandsscouts.org.uk) meets on Monday evening and Sir Richard's (sirrichard@oatlandsscouts.org.uk) meets on Tuesday evening.

Scouts

The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years. A young person can come into the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 14½ years old. The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs.

Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenges awards and activity badges.

Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit, and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.

Being outdoors is important, and half the programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.

Its international aspect gives Scouting a special appeal, and many Scouts now travel abroad during their time in the section. In 2007, 40,000 Scouts from around the world attended the World Jamboree in the UK, and Scouts regularly participate in international camps and experiences both on home soil and abroad, each of them a unique experience in its own right.

A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.

Oatlands Scouts hold regular weekly meetings on Thursday evenings during school term; all enquiries to scouts@oatlandsscouts.org.uk please.

Explorers

Explorer Scouts are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. A group of Explorer Scouts is called a Unit.

Not all Units meet every week, partly due to activities, holidays, exams and the other commitments that crop up in a teenager's life, and also because Explorers tend to get out and about at weekends more often than other sections.

Explorer Scouts often get the chance to work with other Explorer Scouts in their District, not just their own Unit, so can take part in an even wider spectrum of activities. There is also a range of ambitious badges and awards, through which Explorers can demonstrate their proficiencies and expand their interests.

Whilst Explorer Scouts are a District unit and not officially part of our group, we are proud to have a close relationship with the unit that meet here, the Eiger Explorer Scout Unit. Eiger Explorers are a land based unit and offer a wide range of activities to their members both at home and abroad. The Explorers get the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels as well as completing their Chief Scout and Queen Scout Awards.

There are 3 other Explorer Units in the District, one in Hersham which is also land based and two in Walton-on-Thames, one being a Sea Scout Unit and one an Air Scout Unit. Explorers are able to attend any of the activities offered by the four units and just because a Scout is moving on from Oatlands Scout Troop, it does not mean they have to go to Eiger. Scouts are free to choose which of the units they would like to move on to.

There is a fourth unit in the district which is slightly different from the rest, it is the Young Leaders Unit. This unit is for 14-18 year olds who wish to help the leadership teams in the younger sections with the running of meetings and activities. The unit provides a number of training courses with ongoing learning to help the young person to become a trained and valued member of the leadership team, with the opportunity to become an adult leader once they turn 18. Explorers in the other four units can take part in the Young Leaders unit in addition to their normal Explorer meetings or can choose just to do one or the other.