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Scouts Programme

What are Scouts?

Scouts is the third section in Scouting, and is for boys and girls aged 10½ to 14. Scouts take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme, from archery to expeditions. There are many awards that Scouts can work towards, completing Challenges to get the Chief Scout’s Gold Award. However, taking part and having fun is just as important as what you achieve as a Scout.

The balanced programme of activities encourages Scouts to find out about the world in which they live, know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit and develop their creative talents. There are also opportunities to explore their beliefs and attitudes.

Being outdoors is really important and Scouts love to learn new skills, such as camping, survival and cooking as well as the wide range of adventurous activities, anything from abseiling to yachting.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.

Meeting time

Scouts meet on Wednesday evenings from 19:15 to 21:00 *

Meeting Venue

Our base is Wellesbourne Church of England Primary School *

* Unless stated differently in program summary

Our Scouts Leaders

Scouts_Jim Eltringham


Name: Jim Eltringham

Bio: Jim grew up as the son of a Group Scout Leader, so the family legacy was sure to continue when his own boys were enrolled. Starting in Wellesbourne initially as a Beaver Leader, these days he heads up the Scout section together with J-P.

Jim loves getting outdoors as often as possible being a keen hill-walker. He especially loves taking the young people over to Sherbourne and inventing ways to make every evening fun-packed while learning the practical skills.

Favourite Cake:  - Did someone say Cake?

Scouts_John-Paul Bailey


Name: John-Paul Bailey

Bio: JP got into Scouting with Jim originally in Beavers and now has traded going home covered in PVA glue and glitter, for Sherbourne nights returning muddy and smelling of smoke. He wasn’t a Scout growing up and wanted to give his own children the opportunity while enjoying what he missed as a child.

Favourite Cake:  - My lovely wife looks after me with my favourite Free-from recipes

Scouts_Marc Ortu


Name: Marc Ortu

Bio: Just like the loveable cuddly favourite from the Jungle Book, so Marc loves his Scouting full of fun and laid back. He joined Wellesbourne originally as a Leader with his children in Beavers and now works with Sarah in Cubs.

Favourite Cake:  - Panettone

Russell Clinton Scouts Leader


Russell Clinton Scouts Leader

Name: Russell Clinton

Bio: My background is in Financial Services (over 30 years) and I am a Self-Employed Pensions/Financial Consultant and a Director of my own company (since 2004). I enjoy most sports and am a keen cyclist. As a young boy I did join a local Cubs/Scout Group and did very well in Cubs, attaining quite a lot of badges. I did join Scouts when I was younger as I was not keen to do so and did not like staying away from home. I have now been involved with helping out with 1st Wellesbourne Scouts for the last 3-4 years, since my Son Oliver (and now my Daughter Samantha) have come up through cubs and Scouts and this is one of the reasons I decided to help out. In addition to this, I also really enjoy the ‘outside’ life and helping out with Scouting activities which in turn helps young people to acquire skills for life, which is another reason why I help out. I have also learnt a lot of skills myself (from just simply putting up a tent, lighting fires, wide games, making tent pegs and navigating on hikes to being able to tie different knots and understand what the knots can be used for).

Favourite Cake:  - Carrot Cake

Nick Gittings


Nick Gittings

Name: Nick Gittings

Bio: Incoming

Favourite Cake:  - Incoming

ZZZ-FormerRole – Scouts_Mark_Steward

Mark Steward

Name: Mark (Skip) Steward

Bio: Skip went through all the scouting sections back in the day and got his Queens Scout Award, which his mother is very proud of! He was active in Student Scout and Guide clubs and was briefly a Venture Scout Leader in the early 90's before work took over.

He then became the 1st Scout Leader at 1st Wellesbourne and is currently Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts in Warwick District. Skip attended the World Scout Jamboree in 2019.

For avoidance of doubt, he's on the left in the photo!

Favourite Cake:  - as long as it has chocolate...

Needed_Assistant Scout Leader

Wellesbourne Scouts

Assistant Scout Leader / Section Assistant (m/f)

Name: It could be you....

Role Description: Do you cherish your own memories of the outdoors, climbing trees, poking fires and games in the woods? Do you share a sense of camaraderie with young people aged 10-14, but also able to engage them to ensure they act responsibly and stay safe? Do you believe children need to be off their gaming machines and instead learning teamwork, developing skills-for-life and an appreciation for the world they do not get in school?

Why Hiring: Our Scout numbers are healthy and growing! Since we have been gifted access to Sherbourne Estate, the children cannot get enough of the fun and adventures at “Skip‘s Lookout”. Running safe weekly activities so that everyone gets a go requires that we divide the children into smaller working groups and to do that we need more adult hands-on help. Eagle and Wolf will burn-out and not be able to continue if we can’t parachute in regular and capable help.

You may come home on a Wednesday evening smelling of smoke and a bit muddy, but back at your desk in the office on Thursday morning it will all seem worthwhile. If camping is not your thing or you have a medical condition do not worry, we build the role with flexibility around the person and what you can do rather than what you can’t.

Favourite Cake:   Your charges are often off independently on the activity you set them on, and you seem to magically know your way to the secret cake supply.... anything can happen!


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