Squirrels - 4 to 6 years

We’re starting a new provision for four and five year olds called Squirrels, to help young people gain skills for life at a time when it matters most and where it's most needed.

Flitwick Scout Group have two Squirrel Dreys; one meeting on a Thursday from 4.30pm for an hour and the other meets on a Saturday from 9.30am for an hour. Both Squirrel Dreys follow the same programme each week. 

Where are we?
The Scout Hut
Station Road
MK45 1JT
Meeting Times
Thursday Squirrels
Thursdays - 16:30 to 17:30

Saturday Squirrels
Saturdays - 09:30 to 10:30

Squirrel meetings will run the same programme as each other. 

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At the start of February, over 40 Squirrel Scouts (aged 4-5) were invested into Flitwick Scout Group, the first invested Squirrel Scouts in the County. 

The investitures on Thursday afternoon were attended by Flitwick Town Council Mayor, Andy Snape. The investitures on Saturday morning were attended by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Chris Sharwood Smith and Flitwick Town Councillor Clare Thompson.

Darren Reeve, lead volunteer for Flitwick Scout Group, said: “We’ve been blown away by the number of children who’ve wanted to join Squirrels.

“We started both Dreys in early November and within a matter of days we had nearly 40 children joining them. It’s been great that some of the parents of the children have stepped forward to be volunteers with the group.”

Oscar Kitteridge, a young member, said: “I love coming to Squirrels, we do fun activities, play games, have a story and sing a song. It’s a great way to start my day.”

Oscar’s father Matt said: “Squirrels has been really good for Oscar. He has gained confidence being around children he didn’t previously know. He is so proud of the items he makes and brings home and he is always talking about Squirrels.”

The group is the only one in the county that has Squirrels and it is getting enquiries to join from across the county and from neighbouring counties.

Trustee, Nigel Taylor, said: “When I looked at our waiting list in October I saw the opportunity to set up two Dreys, one on a Thursday afternoon and the other on a Saturday morning.

“We contacted all the parents of the children on our waiting list and we used social media and word of mouth to get the message out to others. The children love coming down and the volunteers always ensure there is a packed programme.

“Activities we’ve run include making fruit kebabs, toasting marshmallows, trying new activities and growing cress. The smile on their faces when they are awarded a badge is a sight to behold.”

The Group currently have 45 Squirrels, 70 Beaver Scouts (boys and girls aged six to eight), 82 Cub Scouts (boys and girls aged eight to ten), 51 Scouts (boys and girls aged 10 to 14). There are also 27 Explorer Scouts (boys and girls aged 14 to 17) in an associated Explorer Unit.

They have also managed to recruit several new volunteers recently to help with the number of children joining and remaining with the group

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Springing into 2022
20/04/2022 By Simon Baldwin
All the young people at Flitwick Scout Group have been busy this half term, taking part in a fantastic range of activities; having fun, working together and learning skills for life.
Squirrel Scouts (boys and girls aged 4 & 5) were invested into the Group and have been building models and dens, hunting Easter eggs, and crafting a flower for Mothers day. They have also played lots of games, heard lots of stories, and sung lots of songs.
Beaver Scouts (boys and girls aged 6 & 7) also crafted flowers for Mother’s day and have built a water filter while learning about the problems some people have finding safe drinking water. Beavers have also played games and worked together as a team.
Cub Scouts (boys and girls aged 8 to 10) have worked together to learn how to read a map to find where they are and where they’re going, and have explored the local area. Cubs also collected a lot of items for a food bank and learnt where in the world their food comes from, and made a mozaic coaster for Mothers day.
Scouts (boys and girls aged 10 to 13) have cooked, carved chip forks out of wood, learnt how to safely use an axe and a saw and have also brushed up on their navigation skills. These came in handy at the end of term when some of the Scouts hiked over 11 KM from Cranfield to Bromham where they set up their tents, cooked their tea and camped overnight. For some Scouts, this was their first time camping with the group for over two years, or their first Scout camp altogether.
Harry Woolgar, one of the Scouts camping said “my favourite part was making the fires – we cooked on it and later on toasted marshmallows for s’mores”.
Among all these activities, some young people in the group have achieved the top awards for their section. There were multiple evenings this term where Chief Scout Bronze and Silver awards, the top awards in Beavers and Cubs, were presented by Darren Reeve, lead volunteer for the group, who said “It is fantastic to be giving out these awards that represent all the hard work the young
people have done. It is great that Flitwick Scouts have continued to achieve them despite the disruption over the past two years”.
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Squirrel Scouts at Flitwick
22/10/2021 By Simon Baldwin

Squirrel Scouts is a new section in the Scouting family for boys and girls aged 4 and 5.

Flitwick Scout Group are running a trial for two Squirrel Scout Dreys and are proposing to run one session on a Thursday from 4.00pm for an hour. Another session will be run on a Saturday from 9.30am for an hour. These will be identical sessions.

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