27th Willesden

42% Membership Increase in Second Year of Growth for Willesden Scouts

Scouts have opened over 1,280 new sections in areas of deprivation since 2013, help more young people develop #SkillsForLife. scouts.org.uk

Today The Scouts have released our census figures, and they show that Willesden has grown by 42% in 2018, this is on top of a 35% growth in 2017.

In 2015 Willesden District started a development project to grow our district and recruit more new adult volunteers. To do this we work with our National Headquarters to employ development officers to work locally in Willesden, seeking out community leaders and meeting places, and setting up these new provisions.

We ran taster session in Harlesden and St. Raphael’s; both projects recruited enough volunteers and young people to start new permanent scouting provision. The new sections in Harlesden have been so successful in their first year that they have already had to introduce a waiting list for young people to join. They are now on the search for more volunteers to offer Scouting to those on the waiting list.

Linda Anneh-Bu, our new Group Scout Leader at 10th Willesden Scout Group, said,

Scouting is a bit of lifeline to the community round here. It gives the young people really fun and exciting things to do and helps them develop skills that will help them in later life. I am proud to be part of the team that gives new opportunities to our young people.

In 2018 we opened four new Scout Groups in Willesden:

We also opened two new Explorer Scout Units for 14 to 18 year olds, Allegiance ESU who are joint with the 14th Willesden; and a Young Leaders Unit to provide training to Explorer Scouts who volunteer in other sections.

Already in 2019 we have run a taster session, a four-week trial and scouting activity day in Stonebridge, which this week has lead to the opening of a new Beaver and Cub section, expanding the 10th Willesden Scout Group.

While our initial three year project in now approaching its end we are now looking for local grant funding to take our growth even further and ensure the stability ind long term success of these new groups.

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Willesden District 5-a-Side Football Competition

For the 2019 5-a-side Football Competition with have partnered with Powerleague Wembley who will run and manage the event for us.

Cubs, Scouts & Explorers will compete in three competitions; the winning and running-up team in each competition will be presented with a trophy and individual medals. The winners will also be presented with the District Cups, which will then be engraved with the results.

Teams can be between 5 and 7 members and sections can enter multiple teams. All details of teams must be booked in three weeks before the event.

Saturday 9th March 2019
9:30 am - 1:30 pm

The cost is £40 per team. Leaders should book teams in using the new online booking system. The leader in charge from the group/unit must hold emergency contact details for all members taking part.

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2019 Canoe & Kayak Taster Sessions

After all our 2018 taster sessions were all fully booked we are excited to announce our 2019 Canoe and Kayak Taster Sessions in partnership with Phoenix Canoe Club.

These sessions are for Scouts & Cubs aged 9 and over who are able to swim 10m.

These events should be booked directly by members.

Short film of the Willesden Cubs & Scouts Kayaking with the Phoenix Canoe Club in Brent. 2018

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Kayak

7th July & 20th Oct

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Canoe

14th July & 27th Oct

27th Willesden Ready to Open

27th Willesden is the first group to open since we started our development project in 2016.

Inclusion and diversity are part of the inherent values every Scout in the UK lives by.We open our huts to people from all backgrounds, ages, genders and abilities but, when it comes to ensuring that Scouting is truly inclusive, there are challenges to address. One of these is ensuring the way we Scout is flexible enough to accommodate the faiths and beliefs of everyone involved. 

With many of the leaders in the Group Muslim, there will be two scout troops to open scouting to those who wouldn't join a mixed troop.

Meetings will start on 10th January.

  • Beavers:
    Wednesday 6pm - 7:15pm
  • Cubs:
    Friday 6pm - 7:30pm
  • Scouts:
    Wednesday 7:30pm - 9pm and
    Thursday 6pm - 7:30pm

Registration Day

Sunday 7th January 10am - 12:30pm