The United Reformed Church Guide and Scout Fellowship works with members of Guide and Scout groups who meet at or are sponsored by United Reformed Churches, as well as individual members of United Reformed Churches who have an interest in Guiding or Scouting.
The aims of the United Reformed Church Guide and Scout Fellowship are as follows:
- Provide active support for all members of the Guide and Scout movements within the United Reformed Church.
- Provide practical help for Guide and Scout leaders including helping them to explore faith activities within their programme.
- Help, where practical and possible, in matters affecting Guiding and Scouting in local United Reformed Churches. (We are available to help and encourage churches to identify and use the opportunities for outreach amongst the young people in the uniformed organisations meeting on their premises, especially when groups are sponsored by the church.)
- Encourage pastoral care of leaders by their local church.
- Provide help to Groups/Districts/Counties/Areas, giving advice and support to local United Reformed Church leaders.
- Create programme ideas and faith relevant resources.
- Promote Scouting and Guiding in the United Reformed Church and providing practical support to establish Scouting and Guiding within the United Reformed Church.
- Support the work of the Scout Association’s United Reformed Church National Scout Chaplain where there is a need, work with the Scout Association and the other national faith Scout Active Support Units, and provide equivalent input into Girlguiding UK.
- Be recognised by the United Reformed Church. (We work with the Children’s and Youth Work Committee and Department, and are well represented in FURY, the Fellowship of United Reformed Youth.)
The proposed activities to meet our aims are:
- Publish at least twice a year Linkline – the newsletter of the United Reformed Guide and Scout Fellowship.
- Provide Faith and Beliefs material as appropriate.
- Maintain a stock of coloured woggles with the URC logo and FURY cloth badges for sale to URC Guide and Scout Groups.
- Hold conferences, camps and other training opportunities from time to time.
- Create a network of United Reformed Church Synod Chaplains.
- Represent URC Scouting and Guiding in the umbrella group Christians in Guiding and Scouting.
We have a national committee of about 10 members, on which we try to maintain a balance between Scouting and Guiding. The Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and other members are elected at the AGM (which is open to anyone interested).
The Committee typically meets twice a year (currently on Saturdays in March and October, at Caterham in Surrey).