Archive for July 2019

AGM 2018/2019 Report & Accounts

Annual General Meeting 2018/192018 Scouts 8th Cheam Centred
Report & Accounts

Chairman’s Report

As in previous years I am awed by the amount of hard work and dedication by the Section Leaders, the members of the Executive and all those who volunteer their time to ensure that this group runs as well as it does. I once again want to take this opportunity to thank them all.

8th Cheam is a community in which of like-minded people and their children and young adults can meet and learn and ultimately to grow in order to reach their full potential. Long may it continue.

I  leave you with a quote from the Chief Scout – Bear Grylls

“Two things matter in life: following your dreams and looking after your friends. This is what I love about Scouting. It’s about doing great things, loving and enjoying the great adventures and helping others to do the same.”

Executive Chairman

GSL Report

This year has been a mixed year. There have been some low points and some high points but thankfully, all in all it’s been a positive one. Numbers are generally up across the sections which are always a great indicator of the hard work and effort Lynx, Akela, Skip and all the section leaders put into providing quality engaging programmes. As a result it is also great to see so many kids achieving the top awards in their sections.

Unfortunately we’ve lost two assistant Cub Leaders just before Christmas due to increasing work commitments but conversely we welcome a new assistant into the Beaver leader team; he is currently speeding through his training well on the way to becoming an Assistant Beaver Leader.
On a similar note, Skip has been unable to lead the Scout meetings for the last term due to work commitments but Skips Assistant Leader has stepped in leading an excellent Expedition Skills based programme in his place.

It was great to see all the sections get away again for our Group Camp in September. Equally the scouts lead their second self-contained summer camp last year which was also a resounding success. Plans for 2019 include more interaction with District activities including Cubjam, Scout paintballing and the long weekend sailing trip around the Solent (all of these have happened and were thoroughly enjoyed by all.)

No report would be complete without mentioning the other half of the Adult volunteers who work hard to provide the facilities we are privileged to occupy. The Executive, led by Ronan, have pulled together to focus on serious fundraising for a long term hall maintaining programme. Over the last
few years we have seen the fencing completed (almost!), the hall lighting upgraded and funds are busy being secured for the replacement of our hall heaters. Efficiencies are being driven by the central collection of online subs payments, badge and award payments and the collation of other disparate functions.

And finally I would like to make special mention my father, who continues to work tirelessly in the background formulating the maintenance programme, creating all the wonderful notices, letters and posters, maintaining the website and assisting me with GDPR, DBS checks, the compass data base and much, much more. Thank you.

The group is in a good place at the moment with a solid base to work from. We still have leader shortages and desperately need permanent Cub assistance so if you have an hour and a half to spare a week, please come and join a great bunch of like-minded people working to shape our children’s futures.


Treasurers Report

Income: The group has continued to benefit from a successful and strategic fundraising committee. The committee works closely with the executive committee to plan and prioritise fundraising to ensure we can continue to maintain our hall.  Initiatives such as the fencing project have resulted in the group being able to completely upgrade the boundary fence thanks to donations of time, equipment and materials. Our lights have been upgraded, the cost of which has been funded through grants and fundraising events. The scouts have invested in camping equipment through their evening walking the streets with the Rotary Santa Sleigh. Next year will we turn our fundraising efforts to our heaters and windows.  These types of maintenance projects are outside the scope of termly subs and I would encourage you to please continue to support our fundraising events.

Gift Aid remains a significant source of income for the group. I would encourage all members to complete a gift aid if appropriate for them to do so. Please return them to your section leader.

Expenses: The accounts clearly identify that our utilities have increased from last year. Our light and heating costs have increased by 25% in 18/19. The group is vigilant in maintaining accurate meter readings and seeking charitable status for our utility bills. However, our aging heaters are inefficient hence our drive to raise funds to replace them. Our administration expenses are reducing as we move away from printed handouts and towards electronic forms of communication.

The executive committee continues to look at our membership numbers to ensure we are a viable and active group that has the resources to provide good quality scouting activities.

Group Treasurer

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Another ‘Fun’ packed year has gone, the spring term finishing with ten Beavers gaining their Bronze Award which is the highest to be gained as a Beaver.
Together our activities have gained the Collectors, Cyclist, Builder, Hobbies and the Health and Fitness badges. Our other weekly meetings activities help towards the Challenge Badges, there are six to gain.
Outside we have been learning tracking signs and laying trails, cooking hotdogs on mini BBQ’s and helping to put up a tent and singing at our Guy Fawkes campfire and our annual torch walk to the park. Twelve Beavers enjoyed a sleepover at our Group Camp weekend in September taking part in various onsite activities, a campfire and sleeping in tents and dining outside.
Some useful skills have been, learning and practicing our simple knots and ironing our scarves, packing a rucksack, sewing on buttons and starting our map reading for the Navigators badge.
Beavers like to cook and so we have made bread rolls twice, cookies and fruit kebabs.  With a very successful end of year Chefs and Waiters evening where parents are invited back to sample sandwiches and cakes that the Beavers have made all served with tea.
Last summer we had a visit from a lovely lady, who was blind, and her guide dog. The children learned what it was like to be blind and how the dogs help with everyday chores and getting about.
The Beavers showed what other talents they have outside of Beavers when we had a ‘Beavers Got Talent’ evening from singing to magic.  We also took part in the Groups Christmas Carol Service acting and singing the 12 days of Christmas which went down well with the audience.

Finally welcome to my new sectional assistant Adam and for all his help these last few months.  Also thanks to Kit for another successful year. Thanks also to the parents on the Rota without your help it would not be possible to run our successful colony evenings.


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We have had a roller coaster of a year at cubs. We had a brilliant time learning about each other’s collections and seeing how passionate we all are about what we collect.
All of the cubs blew us away with their hidden talents at our ‘Cubs Got Talent’; we can’t wait to see what next years ‘Cubs Got Talent’ will bring.
We let the sixers run a cub meeting and they ran games and all the leaders and parent helpers became cubs for evening so the sixers could understand what it is like to be a leader.
I would like to say well done to all the cubs that came our to St. George’s day parade, you made us really proud.
Thank you to all the parents for your continued support with the running of cubs meetings.
We was very sad to say goodbye to two of my loyal assistants who have both been given amazing new job opportunities and we wish them all the best in their new jobs we will miss you all load.
I would like to personally thank William & Jessica, Jack, Oliver, Santiago & Matais and Susan for being my guard of honour at my wedding in August. You all looked very smart and it made the day even more magical so thank you all so much.  Akela

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2018 scout camp was at Broadstone Warren. Along with 17 Scouts and leaders we were joined by 5 cubs, which were joining the troop in September, who came down for an overnight stay to see what scouting and scout camps were all about.
We had some great weather for it. With all that lovely sun shine and extreme heat the wood ants were out in force, marching right through the middle of the camp site. They even showed us how fast they could dismantle and carry away a grasshopper.
We had a great time bivouacking, all the scouts and cubs slept out in bashers under the stars, many of the scouts up and talking until the early hours.
The go-carting was really good, all the scout having a fantastic time and it was great to see how competitive some of them can get. Also that some of the scouts and leaders really can’t drive!
The camp ended well with a last big activity, axe throwing. Surprising how may scout are good at it and is wasn’t those you would have expected?
A new school year saw new cubs moving up into the troop, and good bye to 2 scouts as they moved up to Explorer Scouts/Young Leaders. Also a big congratulation to Isobel for completing her Chief Scout Gold Award that was presented at the groups carol service.
I would like to thank all the other leaders and parents who have helped Sam at our Monday meetings while I have been working in the north of England. Skip


Minutes of AGM will be published at a future date.