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We are the 14th Fife! 

The 14th Fife Scout Group was formed on 20th October 1972 within Capshard Primary School, which opened in the same year. The Group started with 12 Cubs (two Sixes) and was officially registered at Gilwell Park on 2nd July 1973. As the Group continued to grow, we acquired land on Glenbervie Road to build our own Scout Hall, which was officially opened by LT.CDR. C.Maitland Dougall (District Commissioner) on 8th March 1980.

Today, the Group is still thriving and is active in Beavers (ages 6 to 8), Cubs (ages 8 to 10.5), Scouts (ages 10.5 to 14) and Explorers (14 to 18). The majority of our members live in Dunnikier Estate and surrounding areas.

What we do

Our Group offers exciting and varied activities geared to promote health, fitness and social skills.

Land activities are a key part of the Programme. Young people are encouraged to try new activities and develop their current interests through activities ranging from archery to rock climbing. We believe that by taking part in safe but challenging activities, young people develop new skills and abilities.

Water activities give young people the opportunity to take to the water in a variety of challenging ways. These range from rafting to more traditional activities such as a kayaking.

Technology plays an important part in society today. Young people have the opportunity to learn about technology - ranging from basic skills such as designing a promotional poster to more advanced skills such as building a PC or creating a website!

Nights away are always popular with young people. In Scouting we pride ourselves on providing quality nights away events. From traditional Scout camping to overnight expeditions, hikes and international camps, young people are given the opportunity to develop skills and above all have fun! The Scout Association has recently launched a permit scheme to continue to ensure that all young people benefit from well organised, high quality nights away.

Creative activities allow young people to express themselves in different ways. Through dance, music, art and craft young people are invited to develop their talents or try something new. Creative activities can include circus skills, urban street art, sculpture and photography.

The purpose of Scouting

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

Our values

As Scouts we are guided by these values:

Integrity - We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.

Respect - We have self-respect and respect for others.

Care - We support others and take care of the world in which we live.

Belief - We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.

Co-operation - We make a positive difference; we co-operate with others and make friends

The method

Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:

  • enjoy what they are doing and have fun
  • take part in activities indoors and outdoors
  • learn by doing
  • share in spiritual reflection
  • take responsibility and make choices
  • undertake new and challenging activities
  • make and live by their Promise.

Adults in Scouting

Adults in Scouting are from all walks of life. Yet the one thing they share is the enjoyment of helping young people reach their potential. You may not be aware of the following facts:

  • None of our Leaders are paid. They are all volunteers.
  • The majority of our Leaders have full time jobs and a family.
  • Leaders get involved because they want to have fun and make new friends themselves.
  • Leaders don't have to be 'superheroes' who know everything. They are given training on the job and learn new skills as they go along.
  • Whilst all our volunteers are passionate about what they do, many help out on a flexible basis due to other commitments. Some may help out once a week or fortnight whereas others help once a term or at summer camp.
  • 27% of volunteers help out in Scouting as they are a parent of a current Member. Many were not Scouts when they were young but have learnt new skills and made new friends through Scouting.
  • Not all volunteers wear uniform.
  • Many of our adult volunteers say they are more confident in their everyday lives as a result of their involvement with Scouting.
  • Not all adults who volunteer for Scouting work with young people. There are a variety of other jobs that need to be done such as gardening and general DIY, organising events, doing the accounts and writing press releases.
  • All our Leaders are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy while taking part in Scouting.
  • New Leaders in Scouting go through an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check to ensure they are fit to work with young people.

How can you help?

You may feel that you have no skills to offer Scouting - but everyone has something to give. Doing things such as making squash and organising games means the Leader has more time to spend with the young people.

Do you have any hobbies and interests that you could share? For example, are you a qualified First Aider who could run an interactive session or do you have an interest in nature and could take a Group on a fun walk through the local woods? 

Volunteering in Scouting is fun and rewarding. You will have the chance to learn new skills, rediscover adventure, make new friends, spend more time with your child and give something back to your community. Why not volunteer today?

In addition to the uniformed Leaders, there is a dedicated team of adults who are responsible for keeping the Group running, maintaining the Scout Hall, organising fundraising events and managing the Groups' money. The efforts of these people are co-ordinated by the Group Chairman.

The Group Executive Committee supports the Group Scout Leader and ensures effective administration of the Scout Group.

The Group Executive Committee aims to make sure the Scout Group have the facilities and resources needed to deliver successful Scouting in the Group.

These include:

  • Maintenance of the Scout Group property and equipment.
  • Fundraising and administration of the Group's finances.
  • The insurance of persons, property and equipment.
  • Group public occasions.
  • Assisting with the recruitment of Leaders and other adult support.
  • All members of the Group Executive Committee are Charity Trustees for the Group.

Child protection - our safeguarding policy

The Scout Association takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people in its care.

The Scout Association is committed to:

  • Taking into account in all its considerations and activities the interests and well-being of young people
  • Respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom it is working
  • Taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from physical, sexual and emotional harm
  • Promoting the welfare of young people within a relationship of trust
  • The Scout Association believes that safeguarding and protecting the welfare of all the young people we work with is the responsibility of everyone.

The Association's 'Young People First' code of good practice is published in the form of a pocket size yellow card that all adults are asked to keep with them. This contains information about how to report concerns or allegations of abuse and also a code of behaviour that all adults are required to follow.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Children and young people have the right to protection from all forms of violence - physical or mental. (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)

The Scout Association is committed to ensuring, as far as is reasonably practicable, the prevention of all forms of bullying among Members.

It is the responsibility of all adults in Scouting to help develop a caring and supportive atmosphere, where bullying in any form is unacceptable. To this end, all Scouting activities should have rigorous anti-bullying strategies in place.