(10½-14 years old)
‘It’s good to get out basically. I wasn’t too keen to go to Scouts to begin with but now it’s a good laugh. All the activities we do are fun and I’ve made loads of great mates.’
Each Scout Troop consists of small units of six to eight Scouts called a Patrol, usually led by a Patrol Leader. Outdoor activities feature prominently, with the highlight being camping. Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for camp.
The Scout programme helps young people find out more about the world, encourages them to know their own abilities, understand the importance of keeping fit, and helps develop creativity. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and attitudes. Scouts are encouraged to help plan and run the troop programme. Achievement is recognised through the challenge and activity badge scheme.
Rock climbing, potholing, gliding, photography and international experiences are just some of the things Scouts get up to. Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.
Jump in and get muddy. Give back and get set. Scouts ignore the butterflies and go for it, and soon so will you.
Being a Scout
When you join Scouts, you’ll be introduced to lots of new activities, people and things.
Scouts start small but think big, always challenging themselves to do more and be more. It starts with an award. Who knows where it might lead?
Activity and Staged Badges
Master something you love, or try something shiny and new. If it spurs you on or stirs your interest, we’ve probably got a badge for it.
Moving up to Explorers
Eventually, it’ll be time embrace your next big adventure.