The Group was founded way back in October 1944, and since June 1986, we have held our weekly term time meetings at our HQ, Burgess Hall in Goffs Lane, Cheshunt.
The purpose of Scouting is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. At 2nd Cheshunt we do this by delivering a programme of activities, for both boys and girls from the age of 5¾ from the local community.
The Group is divided into three sections, according to age. Our youngest section is Beaver Scouts, which is designed for children from 5¾ to 8 years. They meet every Thursday from 6:30 till 7:45pm. Once a child has turned 8 (and not before their 8th birthday), they can move up to our Cub Scout Section, which is for 8 to 11 year olds and the meet every Tuesday, 7pm to 8:30pm. Our oldest section is Scouts, who meet every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9pm & is for boys/girls from around 10 years (but no sooner than their 10th birthday) to 15. A boy/girl tends to move up from Cubs to Scouts at around 10½ but this is very much governed by how ready the individual is to move up to Scouts. Some children may be ready early, whilst others may want to stay on at Cubs until they are almost 11. However, no matter when a child’s birthday falls, all movement between Sections only happen at the start of every term, as well as whether or not sufficient space is available in the section to which the child is due to move up to.
Once a Scout has reached 14, they have the option of moving onto an Explorer Scout Unit. Explorer Units are District based, and therefore we do not have our own Explorer Unit. We currently have 2 Explorer Units within our District and the majority of our Scouts tend to move onto Phoenix Explorer Unit, who meet on a Wednesday evening, at 1st Turnford HQ, Mill Lane Cheshunt. Once a Scout reaches 15 they must either move onto an Explorer Unit and/or become a Young Leader. If they decide to do neither of these, then unfortunately that is probably where their time in the Association may end. This is very rare, and we will discuss all options with the individuals should this seem to be the case.
Due to the full active and interesting programme the leaders plan and deliver in each section at 2nd Cheshunt, we have become victims of our own success. We now find ourselves in a position of having to make up a waiting list for children wanting to join our Group. Whilst we do our best to manage these waiting lists, we can never guarantee as and when a place may become available within any of our sections. Priority is given to those already members of the group, (such as a Beaver moving onto Cubs), those with siblings in the Group & those whose parents have volunteered to become leaders in the Group.
2nd Cheshunt Scout Group 1946