Wolverhampton East District Scouts are members of the Scout Association and part of West Merica Scout County.
Wolverhampton East District covers areas across the city that include Ettingshall Park, Blakenhall, Bradley, Bilston, East Park (Deansfield, Eastfield and East park) and All Saints. We currently have 7 groups operating in Bradley, Ettingshall Park, Blakenhall, East Park, Stowlawn and 2 in Bilston town centre.
On Friday 28th April 2017 we opened a new group called 12th Bilston (Green Park) who are based at Green Park Special School, in Bilston. The group caters for young members with special needs from across the Wolverhampton area. A lot of hard work has gone into setting this group up and it will be a closed group offering places for 12 people initially. This group is already full.
Scouting is a character factory.’ Not our words, but those of our lead volunteer, Chief Scout, Bear Grylls. Are you ready to inspire a generation of young people to experience fun, friendship and real adventure? The opportunities to volunteer with us are flexible. Think of something you’d like to do and chances are it’s just what we require.
Our adult volunteers attain an award on completion of a programme of training; there are celebrations of volunteering milestones; and, volunteers can also be commended by a special award for good, outstanding of specially distinguised service to Scouting. This is all part of showing how much we value them.
If you still think Scouting is just about boys, tents and woggles, then take a look at our video – you might just change your mind. With over 200 activities on offer and half a million members (including 60,000 girls) Scouting offers everyday adventure to young people and adult volunteers.
There are 51,000 children on a waiting list to become Scouts, Beavers, Cubs or Explorers, according to the organisation behind the movement.
The Scout Association, which is open to girls and boys between six and 18, blamed a shortage of volunteer leaders.
It said record numbers of adults were members but that volunteers had limited amounts of time.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said it was a “challenge” to recruit more people.
“We’ve got 51,000 young people wanting to join and benefit from what scouting offers,” he said.
“Volunteering changes us all for the better. Please join me.”
There are 457,000 Scouts, including Beavers (aged six to eight), Cubs (eight to 10), Scouts (10 to 14) and Explorers (14 to 18).
Although 154,000 adults currently volunteer, which the Scouts said was an all-time high, people are committing less time than before.
The organisation said volunteers typically commit to attending sessions on a regular basis and will plan what to do during meetings, as well as undertake training.
Those volunteering with older children, like the Scouts, may also go on trips or expeditions over the weekend.
Tim Kidd, UK chief commissioner at the Scout Association, said the organisation was making it easier for those with limited time to join by being flexible about a range of roles, including group leaders, administrative and trustee positions.
If you feel you have some time to give and want to make a difference why not come and join us!