The 5th Formby was
formed in 1965 as the 79th Southport (Formby
Congregational) later changing its name to the current
name following reorganisations in the Scout
Association and the Church, URC standing for United
Reformed Church. To mark the 30th Anniversary in 1995
a 'Pearl' stripe on the previously plain yellow
Neckerchief was added.
In 2015, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, various events were held. For details click here.
A unique aspect of the 5th Formby is our very strong link with our twin Scout Group DPSG Weilburg in Germany, which has been ongoing for over 30 years (see below).
The group meets at the Fisher Hall behind the United Reformed Church, Church Road, is sponsored by the Church and is open to all faiths. The church elders welcome all families to the church especially to the family and parade services.
To keep the 'active' side of the Group together we have a Group Scout Leader, currently Ken Tipping, who is also an active leader with the Explorer Scout Section. Supporting the Group Scout Leader and the section leadership is the Executive Committee.
The Group Executive is selected from parent volunteers to help manage the Group. The role of this Committee is in a similar vein to that of a School's PTA to raise funds for the Group, it also has the School Governor's role of overseeing the running of the Group. It meets regularly throughout the year 5 to 6 times with parent representatives being elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Group Executive committee welcome and sometimes need the support of parents to encourage participation in all activities and on occasions support at meetings and camps.
For the first two or three weeks, until your child is convinced that he or she wishes to join, there is normally no charge or a requirement to wear uniform. When your child formally joins we will expect them to pay the membership fee and subscription and wear the uniform, they can then take their section promise and be invested as a Beaver, Cub or Scout. The uniform with the exception of the neckerchief can be bought locally, please ask the section leader for advice.
It is important that we always have your current contact detail and the section leader is made aware of any allergies, diet and medical needs your son or daughter may have.
Since 1978 the 5th Formby has been twined with the Scouts of DPSG Weilburg; the two Groups meet every two years alternating between our respective countries. The meetings consist of a camp followed by a week hosted by the Scout families in the Scouts' home town. Every member from the age of 9 can get involved and is an experience which no Scout should miss. Many long term friendships are formed which outlive the time spent as Scouts.
As part of the balanced programme we try to fit in as many camps as possible. There are a number of camps that we regularly go on each year. Some examples are the Great Escape Camp at Tawd Vale which is a competitive event and the Chariot Race Camp in October. Another popular camp is the Frosty Camp, which is usually in November or February and if it freezes overnight then the Scouts earn the 'Below Zero' Penguin Badge to show they have slept in a tent under such conditions. In the years that there isn't a Germany Camp (see above) we try and fit in a week's camp but this is dependant on the Leaders having sufficient holidays from work to hold one.
There is a certain minimum of equipment we would expect a Scout to go on camp with, for each camp a kit list is issued with the camp details, as the requirements do vary from camp to camp depending on the activities and time of year. It is suggested that you don't go and splash out on top notch camping equipment straight away, at least not until your son/daughter proves their commitment. You can then upgrade their camping equipment, always a good stocking filler at Christmas. The equipment can also be used for when they join the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. All tents and cooking equipment are always supplied.