12th St Johns Scout Group Online Shop

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It is my great pleasure to present the new 12th St Johns Scout Group Online Shop.

This clothing was the idea of the Group’s Exec team, who came up with the ideas and then some very talented parents turned them into designs. As a result, these are custom made designs by the Group and just for our Group.

This clothing is available for the young people and adults connected to the group. For every £1 spent, the Group receives 5p as part of its fundraising.

For more information, how to buy it, when to wear it and many much more. please visit our website- https://stjohnsscoutstw.org/onlineshop/

Group Scout Leader
12th St Johns Scout Group

12th St John’s Scout Group

Week by week, St John’s Scout Group volunteers empower our 120 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in Tunbridge Wells to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better, and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.
Today, there are more 120 young people on the waiting list to join what is quite possibly the coolest Scout Group in Tunbridge Wells. We’re more relevant, popular and needed than ever, but it’s not always easy to keep up with the demand.
That’s where you come in.
You don’t need to be Tim Peake or Bear Grylls to join our team. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent.  Our door is open to people of all ages, and all backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people just like you lend a hand. We’re talking about den builders, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about first aiders and hot chocolate makers. We’re talking about students who want to add something different to their CV, outdoorsy types looking to boost their confidence after a career break, and parents volunteering so they can have a break from work pressures and spend time with their kids.
Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in.  Because whether you’re helping a leader to run games a few times a term, organising a night away, or buttering 60 slices of bread for a group of very hungry nine year olds – no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.
We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.
Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is.
Get in touch and let’s have a chat gsl.stjohns@gmail.com

Legoland 2019


On Saturday 28th September 2019 12th St John’s Scout Group joined the rest of Tunbridge Wells Scout District on a trip to Legoland. It was an amazing day and we had so much fun. The District was set a #GSLChallenge – all those at legoland. Get your scarf on a Lego figure or member of Lego staff and get a selfie. Above is a small selection of the submissions for the GSL Challenge. A massive thank you to all those from Legoland who took part and to Tunbridge Wells District Scouts for organising the trip.


New Group Badge


Our new group scarf badge was designed by Oliver Turner and launched in July 2019. But what makes up the new badge?

The People-

The light blue represents the Beavers

The dark green represents the Cubs

The green represents the Scouts

The beige represents the Leaders

The Fleur-de-lis-

Baden-Powell included a design for the Scout’s badge in his work, Scouting for Boys, which was a simple fleur-de-lis with the motto “Be Prepared” on a scroll below it. He reasoned that the fleur-de-lis was commonly used as the symbol for north on maps, and a Boy Scout was to show the way in doing his duty and helping others.

The plumes of the fleur-de-lis became symbols for Service to Others, Duty to God, and Obedience to the Scout Law. These three principles form the Scout Promise which is made by new Scouts as they join the movement.

The Rope-

A rope which encircles the fleur-de-lis and is tied in a reef knot at the bottom of the badge. The rope is there to symbolize the family of the World Scout Movement and the knot symbolizes the strength of the unity of the World Scout Movement. 



Who we are

Ink Cartridges- Fundraising


Did you know that over 65 million cartridges are sold in the UK every year and only 15% are recycled. So 12th St John’s Scout Group have teamed up with www.therecyclingfactory.com.

From now, start saving your used printer ink cartridges and give them to your leaders. We shall then send them off to be recycled and will get a small donation back for every cartridge we send in.

So we get money towards the group for recycling old ink cartridges!

Sounds like one of the scout laws to me-
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.

Get collecting and we shall be accepting the cartridges from September.


OSM Payment

osmforfbOver the last couple of months, it has become apparent that when using the “Pay Now” option on your OSM dashboard to pay for Subs and Camps, it has taken you to set up a Direct Debit. Jamie (Scout Leader) has done some digging in to this, and asked some questions, the reason is as follows-

Recently, GoCardless (who manage the transactions) has made a change that meant that one off payments aren’t an option any more, but that’s essentially what has caused all of this. To get around this OSM has implemented a slight change to the Online Payments system. When you pay for Subs and Camps, this is how the 2 options work:

  1. Set up a Direct Debit (recommended for Subs only). This will continue to work like normal where the money will be taken automatically when a new Subs payment is published by us (it’ll be taken on the due date). Once you leave the group, you will be removed from the schedule and the Direct Debit will no longer take money from your account (like a standard Direct Debit)
  2. Use the “Pay Now” option. This will take you to a screen to set up a Direct Debit, enter you details etc. However; this will not work like a normal Direct Debit. They payment will only be taken when you log in to OSM and click the “Pay Now” option. After the first time of doing this you won’t need to input your bank details again, and it will appear as a Direct Debit on your account, but it won’t act like a normal Direct Debit

OSM have assured us that this is a work around that they have put in place, and it works as it should.