Squirrel Scouts

Squirrels - 4 to 6 years

We’re starting a new provision for four and five year olds called Squirrels, to help young people gain skills for life at a time when it matters most and where it's most needed.

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Since the Great Orme report, Scout HQ have been issuing multiple new processes, including firm instructions about parents neeing to know about activities before they give informed consent.  
So this page / blog is really aimed at parents, not leaders, who have already had this drilled in  at every meeting for the last month.  
Leaders will receive them shortly and will be publishing them on their Group or Section Facebook pages and the Group Websites.  This page is for those Groups who do not have a reliable and familiar  communication system for their parents, to enable them to have access to the RAs.  OSM is of course ideal for this purpose, and that was the original plan,
So these are the ones for the bases, and the catering. The site Critical Incident Plan will be sent to leaders only.  The inflatables RA will be available prior to the event.
As soon as other risk assesments are available they will be posted here. For leaders, please refer to the members part of this website, log in and you will see the RA's added there
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As we approach the busy camp season, a reminder for all those involved in organising camps, particularly camp leaders:


Nights Away-reminder to include all adults attending & RA when sending information –including programme, to Sarah Bennett, if possible, more than 14 days before the camp starts.  Any adult sleeping over MUST have completed Safety and Safeguarding modules & have a DBS, suggested applications should be made 3 months before the event.

Remember to keep updating RA’s and share with all adults attending camp.



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District Events Update


  • Cubs Founders Day 24th February – Great success as usual, thanks to Daisy and the Team
  • Explorers Target Competition Saturday 25th February at Rhydd, great day with Harkaway Unit taking the lion’s share of the trophies, but all the Explorers did amazingly well.  Thanks to all involved.
  • Explorers Monopoly Run, London Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd March. All home safe and sound and very tired.  Some excellent results and a great time spent being tourists in London.  Well done Wyre Forest Explorers.


Plans going forward:


·       Explorers taking part in the Six Summit Challenge in May


District Camps 2024:


A Musicals themed Camp at Rhydd for Cubs, Beavers, and Squirrels 21st – 23rd June – a planning meeting has now been held for this camp for our younger sections, and the activities have been confirmed.  There will be Giant Inflatables, Science activities, plus a talent contest.  This is very exciting and will involve each group putting on a multi section little show on stage around their chosen Musical, more details from your Lead Section Volunteer (ADC).  There will also be a costume parade on the Sunday morning with prizes and trophies to be won.    Cost confirmed as £35 per child, payable by May DLM.   Formal proramme and times will be out soon


District International Jersey 2025:

There was a core team meeting on the 18th February, where a great deal of planning and budgeting took place, and there will be a relaunch for any remaining places on the 24th March at WF8 HQ at 3.00 pm.


St George’s Day Parade – 21st April 2024

All Groups will be required to provide at least 3 marshalls on Parade Day, who are able to attend the briefing the night before at Rhydd.  Deadline is 7th April for names and contact numbers.




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Rhydd – Paul

Potholes – Apologies for the potholes, we are awaiting a delivery of plannings which are arriving this week and then the service team will be repairing them.

Car Parking – The car park on Ebury Rise has been extended to the left as you enter Ebury Rise, enabling more cars to be parked in the bad weather.

Self Led Training –

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April – for the following activities - assault course, atb's, grass sledges, bikes, waterslide, turf boards, under 8's play area, pedal karts, frisbee golf, slack line, caving, pioneering and Beaver Caving Trailer.

Saturday - 9am-10.30am - FULL

11.30am - 1pm

2pm - 3.30pm

Sunday - 9am- 10.30am – Limited spaces

11.30am - 1pm

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April – for auto belay tower and bouldering wall

Saturday –

10am -12noon – Limited spaces

12.30pm – 2.30pm

Sunday –

10am-12noon – Full

To book onto either course please email Kathy on bookings@rhyddcovert.org.uk

Activities for week nights only and campfire bookings are to be booked by emailing Kathy on bookings@rhyddcovert.org.uk, please include your meeting times when emailing. Individual sites can not be booked for weeknights but are operated on a first come first served basis when you arrive on site.

Weekend activities are to be booked on OSM please as normal.

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 From 1 January 2024, everyone will need to report safeguarding concerns directly to the UK HQ Safeguarding Team. Due to this change, we’re updating a few resources, including our Yellow Card and Safeguarding policy.

New process to follow for reporting safeguarding concerns. We’ve updated the Yellow Card, making it mandatory for everyone to report all safeguarding concerns directly to the UK HQ Safeguarding Team. The team will be on hand to reassure you and support you with your concern. Please try to give the UK HQ Safeguarding Team as much information as you can. Don’t worry if you haven’t got all the information you need – the most important thing is to make the team aware of the concern. You can read the new process and access digital and hard copies of the new resources on the Yellow Card webpage.


The Orange Card will be updated soon, in the meantime Young Leaders should continue to follow the Orange Card and report any safeguarding concerns to a Leader. You must then report those concerns to the HQ Safeguarding Team in line with the updated Yellow Card. Any young person is welcome to contact the UK Safeguarding Team directly if they have a concern.



The existing Yellow Card Poster has been updated and a new poster has been created for younger people (created alongside the NSPCC), they’ll be required to be displayed in your meeting place so all adults, young people, and parents/carers are reminded of our processes for safeguarding young people.




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What's On

Squirrel District Day

Beavers Halloween Event -2024

Rhydd Run

Xmas stamps can be sold from this day

District camp - Jersey


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