About Us

Wokingham Scout District covers a wider area than the town of Wokingham alone, but does not match the area of the Wokingham Borough local authority. It includes the nearby areas of Beanoak, Emmbrook and Woosehill, and also the more outlying areas of Winnersh, Barkham, Finchampstead, Arborfield and Swallowfield.

Organisation

The Scout District consists of 9 Scout Groups, each of which may include one or more of the three younger sections (Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts). In addition there is a District Explorer Scout Unit and a District Scout Active Support Group. The Explorer Scout unit includes three sections which are scattered across the district. One of these is a young leader unit whose members are oriented at supporting the adult leaders. The Active Support whilst not necessarily filling regular leader roles, provide support for activities, principally at a District level.

Numbers

At the January 2012 census, the total membership was 783. In addition there are a total of some 200 uniformed adult leaders. In addition  to the these, there are some 30 adults involved in administrative roles, bringing the totals to nearly a thousand! All parts of the organisation are now open to children of both sexes.

Activities

Supporting the leaders there are a number of activity instructors who have specialist skills allowing them to provide the technical support in providing the outdoor activities that put the “out” in scouting, such as canoeing, climbing, caving and hill walking. Wokingham Scout District has been closely involved with the former District Council and Reading University in the provision and staffing of the Waterside Centre in the Thames Valley Business Park. This organisation focuses on water activities such as canoeing and rowing for both young and old.