We are a very active group and now have over 100 members ranging from Beavers (aged 6) to leaders (aged, well, a bit more than 6!). We meet over four evenings depending on the section you have joined.
The Group is currently made up of two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs, two Scout Troops an attached Explorer Unit and an active Network contingent. We have around twenty uniformed and supporting adults who work with the young people and we are supported by an effective Board of Trustees (Executive Committee).
Scout Troops and the Explorer Unit attend weekend camps regularly, and have in recent years, visited Wells, Holt, Sussex, Hadrian’s Wall, Thetford and Eaton Vale to name just a few. An annual Group Camp brings together all sections for a weekend of outdoor and adventurous activities.
We use local facilities to enhance the range of activities on offer to our members, we have close links to two local primary schools and use their facilities. We also use the climbing wall at Diss and the swimming pool at Stradbroke.
The Explorer Unit based at Fressingfield have a full-on programme with international camps to Kenya (in 2013, 2016 & 2019) and Ice & Fire Expedition Iceland (in 2014 & 2017), the Explorers also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
We currently have a rented, dilapidated hut in village that we use as our HQ. The existing building has no running water, no kitchen and is served by one poorly lit outside toilet.
These provisions are in no way suitable (especially amidst the Coronavirus outbreak), and with other groups being able to facilitate a phased return to face-to-face Scouting much earlier than us, the future of our historic Scout group is under threat.
We have our new acre of land with a secure perimeter fence where we have been able to begin developing structures including an obstacle course, outdoor chapel, campfire circle and wildlife pond. The one thing missing is our new headquarters!