1st Madrid British Scouts (est. August 2010) is affiliated with and under the banner of the UK Scouting Association however they nevertheless bring an international flavor to their groups due to the cosmopolitan nature and different nationalities they embrace. The Scout Group includes Scouts, Cubs and Beavers. Between them they cover boys and girls from ages 6 to 11. Their objective is to educate, enrich and entertain in a mixture of formal, informal, challenging or just plain fun situations. All indoor meetings usually take place at St George’s Anglican Church in the Salamanca district of Madrid one Saturday a month.
"I am extremely impressed by the group - it certainly has come on hugely since I (my son) was last a member! I thought the opening ceremony was really lovely - so warm and welcoming. The whole operation (is) so organized, well-run and efficient... I really like the way lots of parents are so involved and take on such active roles - it is really nice to see and what I believe scouts should be about... Robbie hasnt stopped talking about nutrition since Saturday....where yogurt is on the food pyramid, what cereals really are, etc?! Fantastic! And how wonderful that he now knows about CPR! We are still smiling here, from our lovely afternoon! Thank you so much again!" (Anya, Jan 2015)
How and when were the 1st Madrid British Scouts established?
1st Madrid British Scouts Group was set up in 2010 and moved to St. George’s Anglican Church in 2014.
Who can join British Scouting Overseas?
Any bilingual child over the age of 6 and any adult with high level of spoken English.
What is the difference between Beavers, Cubs and Scouts?
Beaver Scouts are the youngest group of children in Scouting and are aged 6-8 years old. Within the Scouts group, the Beavers section is called a lodge. Beavers carry out age appropriate activities, earn badges and learn how to become Scouts in accordance with the balanced programme set out by The Scout Association.
A Cub Scouts Section is the second youngest group of children in Scouting and are aged 8-10 ½ years old. Within the Scouts group, the Cubs section is called a pack. Each pack is divided into Sixes, with one child being a Sixer and another being a Seconder. These roles help teach Cubs about peer management and team work. Cubs work towards badges that show their skills in diverse areas that are covered by the balanced programme set out by The Scout Association, from sports abilities to leadership challenges to craft, design and IT skills.
Scouts are aged 10 ½ to 14 years old. Within the Scouts group, the Scouts section is called a Patrol. There are six Scouts to a Patrol and they have Patrol leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders. Scouts are taught skills that they put to practical use. They are given tasks which they complete with guidance from adults only when necessary. Scouts are encouraged to think for themselves, to learn how to become responsible, respectful, fun-loving and caring young adults.
What do you hope children will benefit from Scouts?
Scouting provides children with the opportunity to meet with their peers in an informal setting, away from school or Sunday school. The children work towards specific goals, are focussed, learn how to work in a team, learn by doing, have fun, share and are responsible. Scouts spend a lot of time outdoors, whatever the weather. Scouts do activities that are aimed at teaching them how to become well-rounded adults.
What kind of activities do you do?
At 1st Madrid we do a cross-section of activities, indoors and outdoors. We are always open to suggestions too. In the past we have visited the European Space Centre outside of Madrid, we have been to a donkey sanctuary, we have done several hikes, we have been canoeing and cycling. Every year we organize several camps for the older ones and one big camp for the entire Group. Indoors activities include scientific experiments, cooking, First Aid training and crafts.
Do you go on traditional camps?
Yes we do, mostly in the Comunidad de Madrid, although we have also been to the American Naval Base in Rota, Cadiz, for a jamboree.
Can parents be involved too?
Scouting is mostly a parent-run, voluntary association. The more the merrier! Parents that are actively involved get training and advice by the British Scouts Overseas organization. It is a very well organized structure with local District Commissioners that oversee the different Scout Groups in a geographical area, training advisors, and a complete headquarters of staff that are eager to help out.