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Intrepid Explorer Scout Unit

Blythe District Scouts, Solihull

Explorers are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.


Structure and meetings

A group of Explorers is called a Unit.

Not all Units meet every week, partly due to activities, holidays, exams and the other commitments that crop up in a teenager's life, and also because Explorers tend to get out and about at weekends more often than other sections.


Activities

Explorers often get the chance to work with other Explorers in their District, not just their own Unit, so can take part in an even wider spectrum of activities.

There is also a range of ambitious badges and awards, through which Explorers can demonstrate their proficiencies and expand their interests.


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Where are we?

Intrepid Explorers

Richmond Hall
Richard Lewis Way
Shirley
Solihull
West Midlands
B90 3GG
Meeting Times
Thursdays - 20:15 to 22:00

Due to our active programme, we often meet outside of these times as well.

News & Blogs

Trevor Richmond Passed Away 15 April
15/04/2020 By Group Admin

Dear Friends of First Shirley

It is my sad duty to report that Trevor Richmond our Group President sadly passed away this morning. Trevor had not been well recently and this news is not unexpected. However this news is still a great shock and will be felt by many.

Trevor has touched the lives of so many people through scouting in Solihull. He was 1st Shirley Group President and an active member of the group exec until only a few weeks ago. He was one of my predecessors as Group Scout Leader as well as a section leader and until recently was the Blythe District Chairman.

He was also the architect who designed and helped build our headquarters building back in 1968. He knew every corner of that building and was involved in every aspect of the recent extensions and redesigns which have taken place in recent years. I am so happy that we decided to honour Trevor by renaming the HQ building "Richmond Hall" following the Parkgate redevelopment a few years back.

Trevor recently celebrated his 90th birthday. To mark the occasion 1st Shirley hosted a birthday celebration at Richmond hall where a large group of friends gathered to celebrate the milestone as well as to celebrate the contribution to scouting in Solihull.

Rest in peace Trevor, 1st Shirley will be forever in your debt

Tony Fitzgerald
GSL 1st Shirley

 

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Membership Subscriptions
12/03/2020 By Group Admin

CHANGES TO SUBS FROM APRIL 2020

We have recently had a meeting to plan scouting activities and funding for the next year and concluded that despite our best efforts to consciously manage the costs of First Shirley and intrepid ESU, we will need to raise our monthly subs by £2 a month* to £17 for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and £18 for Intrepid.
We appreciate that we will be asking you to pay more for the time that your child spends at First Shirley and Intrepid. However, we hope that you will agree that this still represents good value for the activities and experiences that your children enjoy while they are with us.
We remain committed to inclusion for all of our members and do not want anyone to miss out on the opportunities that Scouting presents. If the changes to subs collection are likely to cause you any financial hardship, please do contact us in confidence at treasurer@1stshirley.org.uk .
This change will take effect in the April subs collection run (notified on 4th April and collected around 12th April).

* NOTE: Even though the sections do not meet over the Summer, subs will be collected every month of the year so the total annual cost for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be £204 and for Intrepid £216.

We will retain a discount for siblings and for children of leaders and adult helpers and this will continue to be managed via an annual refund of subs paid based on our annual membership census
As a charity, we are entitled to claim Gift Aid from all subs payers who are UK taxpayers and who have indicated that they are willing for us to claim Gift Aid on their contributions. This year alone, our Gift Aid application is likely to boost our annual income by more than £4,000, a sum that is invaluable to us if we are to continue to provide the facilities and activities that your children enjoy. If your circumstances have changed since you originally set up your subs direct debit or you are not sure if we have an accurate record of your Gift Aid eligibility and willingness for us to claim on your contributions, please do contact us at treasurer@1stshirley.org.uk.

Kerry Devereux, Group Chair
Tony Fitzgerald, Group Scout Leader
On behalf of the Group Executive Committee - First Shirley Scout Group

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Annual General Meeting
04/07/2019 By Group Admin

Our Annual General Meeting is on 16 July 2019 at our HQ.

meeting starts at 6.30pm and will be followed by a free Barbecue.

See invite here https://www.facebook.com/events/2371310622931956/?ti=ia

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Good News breaking yesterday was Intrepid winning operation chameleon for the second year running.

 

Operation Chameleon is an event run by Solihull Scout County for Scouts, Explorers, Network and Adults.

 

Operation Chameleon is an all terrain version of Hide & Seek.

In your teams you will get dropped at a secret location, meanwhile, teams of catchers will be dropped at another secret location… unknown even until you arrive!

You’ve then got all day to either evade capture or go hunting! If you get caught, don’t worry you’ve got other lives!

Finally can you make it back to Mission Control in the correct time frame or will you be disqualified?!

 

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Intrepid Explorer Scout Unit
Richmond Hall, Richard Lewis Way, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3GG
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