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26 January 2020

Past Members - Scouting Fellowship

"1st Dublin Fairview Scouts"

If you would like to join / rejoin 1st Dublin Fairview - Archbishops Own Scout Group please contact the Group Leader @ fairviewscouts@hotmail.com

The fellowship allows past members to keep involved and help the Group to continue to grow and provide Scouting to the young people in the local area.


1. What is the Scout Fellowship?

The Scout Fellowship enjoys supporting Scouting.

Scouting depends on many thousands of adults who give up much of their spare time to accept the responsibilities of leadership. To make the best use of their time and talents the Scout Movement needs men and women to support those Leaders. Many parents and friends help a particular Scout Group and Scouting relies heavily on such traditional and dependable family support in membership of the Group Council. Yet more than that support is needed if Scouting is to play a full and successful role in the voluntary sector of the Youth Service. The men and women who lead and administer Scouting in the Group and County or Province also need support. The Scout Fellowship is in business to provide that support and when it does so the Movement benefits and the Scouting offered to Youth Members. Those with an active Scout Fellowship admit that they could not manage without the support they receive. Members of the Fellowship Network are in Scouting, sharing its commitment, service and enjoyment. The Fellowship Network is a group of friends with unlimited opportunities for serving others and enjoying a  programme of activities of their own choice.

2. Who can join?

Membership of the Fellowship Network is open to anybody of 18 years or more who believes that Scouting plays an important and worthwhile role in helping young people and who accepts the Scout Promise and Law as practical and necessary standards in today's world. There is no minimum standard of activity. A Fellowship Network comprising a large number of people each giving a little may be of greater value to Scouting than a very small number taking on too much. But what of those Scouters who, resign and after many years of service may feel a little dejected and even rejected! Here is another source of potential membership of the Fellowship Network.  Scouting cannot afford to lose the support of these experienced men and women. In the Scout Fellowship Network they retain their membership of the Movement they have served so well and they can continue to support Scouting. Not unimportant, the Fellowship Network offers the opportunity to remain in the Scout family where they will have many friends.  By joining the Fellowship Network these men and women remain in Scouting to both their own and the Movement's advantage.

Former Scouts and Leaders

In every community there are people who have been members of the Movement. The Fellowship Network offers them a chance to remain or continue to be in the family of Scouting, to enjoy its activities and to help the Movement. There is a spirit in Scouting which is not easy to define but that spirit is to be found in the Fellowship Network. The enjoyment is there and so is the acceptance of whatever service a member may be able to offer. When Scouters have to give up because of changing personal circumstances then what a criminal waste it is, when they are allowed to disappear. Encouraged to join the Fellowship Network they can remain with the Scout family and give much needed help as their limited time permits.

Parents and other members of the Group Council

Most parents prefer to support the Group of which their child is a member. Even so there will be parents and other adults in a Group who will want to be involved in Scouting on a wider basis. Members of Group Councils are welcome to join the Fellowship Network in the County, Province or a National Team.


Chairmen, Secretaries, Treasurers and other Administrators play a vital part in Scouting. They, and the Movement they support, will profit immensely if they join the family of the Fellowship Network. Administrators in Groups, Counties or Provinces should be welcome as members of a County or Provincial Fellowship Network Structure. From within the Fellowship Network they will be better placed to call for support when required.

Family members

Husbands and wives and girl friends and boy friends too! The Scout Fellowship offers a splendid opportunity to husbands, wives and friends of Scouters to be part of Scouting. To participate as members and not just invited guests.

And the individual

For the individual who wants to be in Scouting the Fellowship Network is tailor made! If they were Scouts elsewhere with no roots in the Movement locally the Fellowship Network should offer a warm welcome back to the family. If an individual has little or no Scout background, the Fellowship Network will offer a warm welcome, a social programme and the enjoyment to be found in helping young people.

3. What does the Fellowship do?

The easiest question to answer but lack of space prevents a long list of the many activities enjoyed by members of the Fellowship Network, Activities can be listed under three general headings and what follows each heading are examples only.

The programme of a Fellowship Network will depend on the needs of Scouting and the community and the interests of the members.

Service to Youth Programme

* Organising events such as Cub Scout swimming galas and Scout orienteering

* Producing newsletters or directories

* Maintaining facilities — Camp Sites

* Providing Activity Teams

* Helping the Public Relations Officer

* Instruction in skills

* Catering — including County/Provincial Leader Training Courses

* Helping a Group which is short of Scouters

* Fund raising

* Helping in the development of Scouting to reach out to ethnic minorities and to those who live in urban priority areas and a thousand more activities. The matching of the abilities of the Fellowship Network and the needs of Scouting is a job for the County & Provincial Commissioners.

Service to the a Social Aspect

* Supporting the Scouting in its important work for the handicapped

* Helping with fund raising for local charities.

* Joining Cub Scouts, Scouts and Venture Scouts in their service to the community

and all those other opportunities to help in the local community of which the Fellowship Network — and Scouting — is an integral part.

Personal Development Plan

Each member should have a Personal Development Goal relevant to Scouting.

4. Fellowship Network Activities

The activities arranged by members for members is a question for the members to answer. Care must be taken not to limit recruitment because of a limited programme! Not every activity has to be supported by every member or even a majority. Programme planning will be important so that all generations and interests are catered for. The list of activities for the Fellowship Network is open ended — indoor & outdoor.

Scouting Ireland Fellowship Network.

Fellowship Network.

1. Scouting Ireland Fellowship Network members are adults who are registered as Members of Scouting Ireland

2. Members pay the Annual Registration Fee.


• An Individual Fellowship Member, or a Fellowship Patrol or may exist as part of a Scout Group, Scout County, Scout Province or as a Stand Alone Group or Individual.

• The main function of the Fellowship Network is to be a direct support for Scouting.

• Patrols or Individuals are registered with National Office.


A Fellowship Patrol can be formed to assist or support in any of the following ways:

• National Teams

• Campsites

• MPC/Sionnach Events

• Den Maintenance

• Scout Skills Provision

• Special Projects

• Interest Groups

• Event Groups

• Activity Groups

• Chief Scout’s Fellowship

• Parent & Friends Groups (see Parents and Friends Support Group Guidelines).

Fellowship Patrol Guidelines:

Service to Youth Programme - Assist Sections, Scout Groups, Scout Counties, Provinces or

National Support Teams.

Social Aspect – This is an important part of the Adults in Scouting concept and is designed to build and maintain friendships within Scouting. It is also important for adults to work with other adults apart from Youth Members.

Personal Development – Each member should have a Personal Development Goal relevant to Scouting.

Annual Fellowship Moots:

• Moots are extended gatherings of Adults or Adult Leaders involved in Scouting or for the benefit of Scouting.

• They may be held either indoor or outdoor.

• They may be attended by members or intending members of the Scouting Ireland

Fellowship Network.


• Fellowship Patrol Coat Pin.

• Navy Sweat Shirt with Fellowship Network Cloth Badge.

• Fellowship Network Neckerchief

Updated: 29 December 2008