Tuvalu Troop

Tonight the new scouts choose their troop name. They’d already chosen a few categories to choose from famous British authors with a connection to Brussels, Battles, British Rivers and Commonwealth countries. Tonight they held a short debate and voted on their choice.

tuvalu-flag

Goose Green Troop was a strong contender because it reminded the scouts of nature and would make a great logo (a green goose). However after the second round Tuvalu won by a short margin. The flag has some interesting stars on a blue background similar to the european flag as well as reminding us of out British roots. Also the name means 8 standing together a bit like a scout patrol of 6-8. The scouts really liked the name, and guessed most people wouldn’t know where it was or what it meant. Perhaps appropriate for an international troop with members from many different countries, although I don’t think we’ve ever had anyone from Tuvalu. I wonder if they were secretly hoping to be invited to visit!

Space in the group

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help with admin or leadership over the last few weeks. We now have a full team on the admin side! We are already busy inviting young people for the free places for September.
Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to join, not even all of those whose parents have volunteered to help. There is a finite amount of space in the venues and a safety limit on numbers.
This is a new location for the group and we’ve had a very succesful first year but it takes time to consolidate and grow in a sensible way. We are opening the scout troop with 3 new leaders and about 16 young people in September, that is it’s capacity for the moment. A big thanks to Ecole International Montgomery who will be hosting the scouts on Fridays. We hope to open a second Beaver colony later this year if we can find the appropriate adult leaders. If you are interested in becoming a Beaver or Cub leader in Central Brussels especially if you have scouting experience, please do still get in touch.

For those unable to join our central Brussels sections there is likely to be some space in our Tervuren sections- which willl once again be more accessible as the N3 roadworks are almost finished. We also need adults in Tervuren in various sections. See the 1st Brussels site
Waterloo scout group is also looking for Beaver leaders as their colony is dormant at the moment. If you live closer to either group please do consider applying to them too.

Looking forward to 2015-16

Although we are still looking forward to cub camp in June and lots of great activities we are already planning for our next scouting year. We have a few administrative vacancies to fill in our group committee. Please consider what you could do to help, whether in your child’s section, or a different age group or with a background role on the executive… Often people share roles to cover travel and other commitments, so if you could only volunteer occasionally please also get in touch! Those of you who have joined in with activities, will know how much fun the adults have too!

Current Vacancies in Central Brussels

  •  a treasurer to maintain the bank account and  financial records 
  • a secretary to help with record keeping etc (Basic Dutch is helpful)
  • other exec members to help with fund raising, uniforms etc as required

Without these essential people in place the group cannot continue to expand or even open the planned scout troop, but as the group is small at the moment the workload is very manageable! For example; over the last year there have only been around 50 transactions on our bank account!

If you have a child on the waiting list we have a few spaces for September 2015 and an offer to undertake one of the above roles or a leadership role would give you priority.

  • We are hoping to open a scout troop in Central Brussels in September 2015, We already have a leadership team but are still looking for a hall where they can meet on Fridays  probably from 1900 to 2100 (close to the Montgomery roundabout area if possible).The Beavers and cubs meet at BJAB but it isn’t possible to fit in another section on the same evening.If you have contacts for a suitable hall, please get in touch. gsl@firstbrussels.be
  • If you are a British (cub)scout who lives closer to this area and wishes to transfer to the new troop if and when it opens please let your leader know.

District camp May 2015

beavers commdistrict shelter

A great time was had by all at our recent District camp, despite it being the first experience of camping for many. . Approx 600 Scouts of all ages took part from the whole Benelux.

Here are a couple of pictures of the young people enjoying their activities.

 

Beavers communicating using walkie-talkies and semaphore and Cubs building shelters…

 

A big thanks to all who helped organise the programme!

 

 

Grand Prix

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On Saturday Shackleton Beavers and Newton cubs joined the Tervuren sections for the annual Grand Prix event- racing lego or pinewood derby cars. Great fun for everyone involved. Here are a few pictures, there are a lot more on the … Continue reading

Full sections and expansion.

It’s the group’s 90th anniversay but we are still expanding. Perhaps you saw the recent article in the Bulletin.  Our new Beaver and Cub sections at BJAB are full of young people having great fun. It is a shame we cannot take more young people at the moment but we are hoping to expand as we find more leaders. We have over 50 English-speaking young people aged 6- 12 years waiting for space particularly Beaver age, (age 6-7).  Most would find it difficult to travel out to Waterloo or Tervuren. If you wish to join British scouting and live close to either place please apply to their sections.

We would also like to start scouts somewhere in Central Brussels as we have cubs growing up and some young people aged 10+ still waiting for a space. This could be at BJAB or another venue close by depending what is available.

Offering to help as a leader or in another role will give your child priority if there are more applicants than space available. Leaders can be any age from 18 +,  we don’t have an upper age limit. You don’t necessarily need scouting experience, but you do need to like working with young people and have a sense of fun. You don’t have to be British either, we have a real mix of nationalities in the group, but both young people and adults need to speak reasonable English.  All our leaders are volunteers- we don’t offer any personal allowances or transport costs, but we do pay for scout training courses and for materials used in meetings.

The link below is for a poster- perhaps you could print one and put it up at work or a local shop and help spread the word.

BJAB-2015

 

Brussels Scouts and Guides Christmas Carol Service

Sunday 7th December 2014 16:00

at

St Anthony’s Church Kraainem

Oudstrijderslaan 23 – 25, 1950 Kraainem

Please join us for mulled wine and mince pies after the service, in the Church Hall.

A collection will be taken for the charity  ‘ greenlight for girls’ www.greenlightforgirls.org/ a Brussels based charity supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education to girls in disadvantaged areas of the world

Bonfire Night investitures

It was great to see so many young people take their promises and become members of scouting this Saturday at the group Bonfire Night event. We also had members welcomed from as far afield as Beijing and Luxemburg and two of their leaders were also invested. The new pack also saw their flag for the first time. A great night for the section and I’m sure a memorable one for all the young people and their parents.