AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: Popular group seeks enthusiastic adult volunteers

Welcome to Around the Campfire, our new section dedicated to the scouting and girlguiding groups and other uniformed youth organisations in and around the Maidenhead, Burnham, Twyford and Windsor areas.

Nicola Hine

Nicola Hine

SCOUTS: New volunteers are needed to join the team at Furze Platt Scout Group.

An increased demand for beaver and cub places at the group, based in Cookham Road, means it needs more enthusiastic adult helpers to provide opportunities for fun, challenge and adventure for the children.

Beaver numbers in the group have doubled since 2014, from 24 to 48, and the cubs are set to follow suit by next year, with 10 more youngsters invested at a meeting on Tuesday, May 10.

Numbers of scouts and explorers in the group are also on the rise.

Volunteering gives adults the chance to give something back to the community, meet new people and improve skills, including leadership and management and work-ing with children.

Training is offered and volunteering is a good opportunity to boost your CV.

A survey showed 91 per cent of scout volunteers say it has helped them develop key skills for life, and 41 per cent of employers said involvement in scouting would have a positive influence on their decision to employ applicants.

Above all, no two weeks with the movement are the same, meaning one week you could be rock climbing and hiking and the next you could be cooking over the campfire or working on a community service project.

Furze Platt is looking for support with beavers, aged six to eight, on Mon-days/Thursdays, cubs, aged eight to 10, on Tues-day/Wednesdays and explorers, aged 14-18 on Thursdays, in term time.

Volunteers do not need a scouting background.

Group Scout Leader Neil Trivedi said: “Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouting as our young people.

“You will be joining a growing, thriving group at Furze Platt with excellent support from the Group Scout Leader and the section leaders.

“You will have the opportunity to grow your skills in developing young people, team working, communications and planning.

“We are unique in Maidenhead as we have our own campsite where we can really put into practice the ‘outdoor active’ scouting ethos.”

Maidenhead Scouts has 12 groups in the area, providing scouting opportunities almost every day of the week.

Across Berkshire more than 8,500 young people aged six to 25 are involved.

Email Neil at for more information and see the Furze Platt Scouts or Berkshire Scouts websites to find out more.

CUBS: A sleepover at the scout hut and a visit to the town hall are among the activities the 21st John Williams group, based in Cox Green, have enjoyed over the last few weeks.

Pictured above are the cubs meeting the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick, and town crier Chris Brown.

The sleepover, held at the hut at the end of last month, involved 15 boys and girls.

They took part in a whole host of activities across two days, including games, cooking dinner and toasting marshmallows, fire lighting, kit layout and inspection and watching the original Jungle Book film.

SCOUTS AND GUIDES: The community spirit of the village shone through at the annual Scout and Guide May Fayre on Saturday, May 7.

Organisers feared a venue change may put off people from attending but crowds of people turned up to the event at the Old Windsor Guide headquarters in Straight Road to enjoy the fun in the sun.   A bouncy castle, tombola, a number of stalls and a mobile petting zoo were among the attractions.

The fair was previously held at King’s Court School, Ashbrook Road.

Dave Wood, assistant beaver scout leader, said: “People came out in force and there was a really nice atmosphere of a classic garden party.”

The £2,200 proceeds will be split between the guides and the scouts and spent on crafts and camping equipment.

Raising money from such events means the scouts and guides can remain accessible for everybody, Dave said.

CUBS: There was a riot of colour on show when 19th Maidenhead visited the Maidenhead Sikh Temple.

About 30 members of the group were at the Gurdwara in Rutland Road earlier this month.

The youngsters were there as part of efforts to gain their World Faiths Activity Badge, which requires them to visit a place of worship and learn about the particular religion it belongs to, including how the building is used for worship, and meet a member of that faith.

Speaking afterwards, cub scout leader Loz Marchant said: “It’s good for the cubs to be able to learn about the different world religions and to do so from the people who are actually practicing those religions.

“They know it best, which makes them the best ones to be able to show us the environment and take part.”

Contact assistant editor Nicola Hine on 01628 678230, at, or on Twitter at @nicola_hine to share your stories for the section.

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