Hi, welcome to the Scout Troop page of 7thA Rochdale Scout Group.
Here you will find information about the Scout section of our group.
What is a Scout Troop?
A Scout troop is a group of young people aged between 10 1/2 and 14 years guided and assisted by adult leaders. The troop is organised into patrols consisting of up to seven members, each patrol has a Patrol Leader (PL) and an Assistant Patrol Leader (APL) who as senior members look after the rest of the patrol and assist the adult leaders in training. Each patrol is identified by their patrol badge, which is worn on the right sleeve and operates as a team within the troop. The adult leaders are generally called by name although some stick to the tradition of 'Skip'. The Scout Leader (SL) in consultation with the Troop Council plans the programme of activities. Now I hear 'What's the Troop Council?' Well it's the Patrol Leader's & older Scouts’ getting together with the Leaders to discuss the activity programme, the running of the troop and to ratify awards.
Our Scout Troop
Our Scout Troop is a co-educational troop and meets on a Thursday evening. The patrols in our Troop are named after birds and animals. Currently there are the Swift Patrol, the Wolf Patrol, the Kestrel Patrol and the Stag Patrol. There are a wide variety of activities for the scouts to enjoy, and don't imagine it's all hard work and serious training. There are outdoor training activities such as survival skills, camping, cooking and navigation exercises. There are indoor training evenings where the scouts learn basic Scouting skills, the theory of outdoor skills and practice handling equipment used for the outdoor and adventurous activities. There are adventurous activities including canoeing, climbing, hiking and camping where the scouts can build on the skills learnt in previous training sessions. The rest of the programme is made up of interesting local visits where the Scouts will visit a local facility or landmark and learn about it's role or place in the community, we also have visitors to give talks on various subjects. All the activities even the training are planned with enjoyment in mind, if you enjoy something you learn it! The emphasis is on outdoor activity let's put the out in scouting!
The programme of activities undertaken by the Troop is designed to help the Scouts develop as individuals. The Scouts’ start work on these zones when they first attend a Troop meeting. The activities together help the Scouts’ to earn their badges, to be worn, with pride, on their uniforms, as many Scouts have done before.
The programme zones are as follows:
Scoutcraft And Adventure.
Fit For Life.
Exploring Beliefs And Attitudes.
The Scouts can gain any number of the seventy “Activity” Badges, four staged “Activity” Badges (Available to all sections), three “Group Awards” (Gained throughout the Scout Group) and the eight “Challenge” Badges. In addition, the Scout can qualify for the “Chief Scouts Gold Award”.
In addition, a “Participation Badge” is presented on the anniversary of the Scout first joining the movement, one badge every year, until they move on from the Scout Troop at 14 years old.
The last badge in the series is the Moving On award. It fosters links with the Local Explorer Scout Unit, whilst allowing the Scout to complete the membership award of the Explorer Scout Unit. They will undertake this badge when they reach 14 years old, or thereabout’s.
We get out & about as much as possible. We try to have at least one camp a year, with indoor sleepovers as well. Of course, with more adult support, we can hold more "Nights Away."