The Scouting Programme
Scouts are the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation, headed by Chief Scout, Bear Grylls. We have over 464,000 youth members of whom 102,000 are girls, who have been admitted to the Scouts since 1991. They are supported by over 116,000 adult volunteers. We change lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.
Scouting helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.
Beaver Scouts cater for young people from the age of 6 to 8. The Beavers then move up into the Cub Scouts until they are 10½, when they join the Sea Scout Section. Young people may enter directly into any of the sections and do not have to start in the Beaver Scouts
Explorer Scouts are based within the District, and we have our own linked Explorer Unit – Relentless which focuses on nautical skills. You can join the Explorers at 14 and stay until you reach 18. The final Scouting Section is Network where activities are organised by the members themselves, under the guidance of a Network Leader.
What do Scouts do?
Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person – over 100 activities are listed on the Scout’s Website. Scouting is a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity, experience the wider world and learn skills for life.
The Queen’s Scout Award marks the pinnacle of effort and achievement for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members. Every year about 500 of those who’ve recently achieved the award get the opportunity to attend a royal parade in Windsor Castle and attend a service in St George’s Chapel.
To see more about what the various sections have to offer, use the menu links above.