Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers

Every Tuesday evening, the Church Hall is alive with the sounds of the beavers, cubs, and scouts of the 127th Oldham St Thomas Moorside Group. All the groups are open to both boys and girls. The Beavers - aged 6 to 8 years old, meet from 6:30 pm to 7:30pm, the Cubs - aged 8 to 10½ meet from 7:00pm to 8:30pm - and Scouts - aged 10½ to 14 years - meet from 8:00 pm to 9:30pm.
The Explorers meet on Thursdays each week from 8:00pm until 9:30pm at St Thomas Church Hall.

Each of the groups covers a wide range of activities to challenge and stretch the abilities of the children, with the accent very much on making each evening a fun, as well as a learning session. The leaders of each of the groups are always pleased to introduce new members to their sessions. Girls are welcome to join all of the sections. However all of the sections do have a waiting list at the present time, adults are always welcome as Leaders and Helpers with a view to shortening any potential waiting list.

To find out more about what the groups do during their Tuesday evenings you can follow the links below, call John Tonge, the Group Scout Leader on 0161 624 4236, or just come along on the night!

2012 was the 50th Anniversary of the 127th Oldham Scout Group at Moorside. Our Scout group is the largest in Oldham.


New recruits are always made welcome and usually make new friends quickly during their first evening. Every Beaver - and new member - joins one of the four 'Lodges', identified by the colour of their neckerchief woggle. This promotes a healthy spirit of competition and encourages individuals to pull together to achieve goals through teamwork.

The Beavers earn points towards their 'Lodges' through their groups' and their own individual efforts. Many of the activities are undertaken as part of the Beaver/Cub/Scout tradition of earning badges, showing the skills they have acquired during sessions. They also make new friends and work together as a group doing activities which include:

The Beavers also get out and about on trips, to local parks and organised group events.

Both girls and boys can join the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Beavers meet at 6.00 p.m. until 7.00 p.m.

For further details contact the group leaders:


The children moving up from Beavers, soon get the opportunity to try one of the real scouting activities - camping!! Three camps are planned every year, all under canvas plus one indoor camp, held out of season in October. In previous years as part of a District trip, the troop have also camped abroad in France for a week.

One of the areas on which the leaders try to get the cubs to focus, is to learn how to earn and keep the trust of others. This is largely done through the games they play.

The nature of the badges and the what the cubs have to do to qualify for each of them have recently been completely changed and they're now called 'Activity' and 'Challenge' badges. There are now fewer badges than previously, but because the competencies needed to qualify for the new badges are more challenging - and therefore take a little longer to learn - it's more of an achievement when a cub attains the necessary standard and is awarded one of the new badges.

For further details contact Kathy Temple-Heald on 01706 663 817 or email:


At the beginning of 2003, almost half of the Scouts attending sessions were girls, so the Scouts is definitely not a 'Boys Own' type of group!! Nor is it just about learning to tie knots!!

The training for the many badges includes such wide activities such as:

Scouting of course wouldn't be scouting unless there were camping weekends!! The group get away about every three months and of course it's still the real thing, under canvas!! The scout troop go away regularly, the last few camps have been the "I'm a Scout Get me Outta here" (yes there was a bushtucker trial)and Hunger Games Camp (no scouts were harmed (much) in the making of this camp).

For further details contact Matt Seville on 07972 310342 or email


With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own programme and work towards the top awards that Scouting offers. With exciting prospects like being a part of camps and expeditions both home and abroad; adventurous activities such as mountaineering, parascending and off shore sailing; Explorers offers fun and adventure for all. Explorers also have the opportunity to be a part of The Young Leaders’ Scheme which develops their leadership skills and sense of responsibility, by helping to run meetings for younger sections.

Explorer Units are the fourth Section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Explorer Scouts are young people aged between 14 and 18 years old. There is flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 13½, and can move to Network from age 17½. Young people must have left the Explorer Scout section before the date of their 18th birthday.

For further details contact Clive Symons on 07515 356410 or email: