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Scouts is the final section within our group. Young people can join Scouts when they are 10 and a half years old, even if they are not a Cub Scout. When they reach fourteen years old, they can move up to the next section, Explorer Scouts.

Being a Scout is all about having fun and going on adventures, at home and abroad. They master new skills, try new things and learn about the world around them. They help others and make a difference, on their own doorsteps and beyond.

Here are some of the things you’ll get up to with your new friends.

Discover Scouts

What do Scouts get up to?
Discovering the world
Being a Scout is all about discovering the world on your own terms and making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are. Alongside your new friends, you’ll master the skills that will help you weather the storms of life, and try things you’d never get the chance to do at home or at school - working with trained volunteers to achieve whatever you set your mind to.
Starting small, thinking big
Scouts start small but think big. They stand up for what they believe in and make a difference on their doorstops, confident in the knowledge that their daily actions add up. In a society that can often feel increasingly isolated and inward facing, Scouts build bridges and break barriers. Throughout history, they’ve played all sorts of useful roles in society, and this legacy continues today.
Listening in, lending a hand
Scouts start small but think big. They stand up for what they believe in and make a difference on their doorsteps, confident in the knowledge that their daily actions add up. In a society that can often feel increasingly isolated and inward facing, Scouts build bridges and break barriers. Throughout history, they’ve played all sorts of useful roles in society, and this legacy continues today.
Who leads Scouts?
Each Scout Troop is made up of young people aged 10½ to 14, led by trained adult volunteers who are on hand to share their skills and keep everyone safe. Traditionally, Scout leaders were nicknamed ‘Skip’ – an abbreviation of ‘Skipper’, which is a name given to a ship’s captain. In some Troops this name is still used, but these days it’s more common for Scout leaders to just use their real names.

Within their Troop, Scouts are part of a Patrol - smaller groups of Scouts who look out for one another, and help each other grow. Scouts usually gather in their Patrols at the beginning and end of meetings. They might also stick together on expeditions or trips away, or during certain activities.
Promises and Ceremonies
Every Scout is unique, but they find common ground in their shared Scout values, and make a promise to stick by them. Making a promise when you join the Troop is a way of celebrating these values. Every time a new Scout decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Scouts.

The process usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in, and is known as being ‘invested’ into Scouts. Usually, the promise ceremony happens in a place you’ve chosen, or in a memorable place that means a lot to the group. It could be held in your usual meeting place, or it could happen around the campfire, or it could happen on a boat sailing the seven seas. Regardless, it’s a big celebration for all involved, and it’s not uncommon for family and friends to join your fellow Scouts as they cheer you on.

Options for the promise can be found here.

Awards and Badges

There is a huge range of badges available which Scouts can wear on their uniforms to show everyone how much fun, challenge and adventure they are participating in. This hopefully culminates in the top award for Scouts: The Chief Scout’s Gold Award.

Uniform

Our uniform is a key identity of our movement. It helps us to look smart and creates a sense of unity. Every young person in our group gets invested into the movement and is presented with their neckerchief and group badges.

Scouts wear a dark green shirt and neckerchief along with smart shoes, trousers and a belt - often from their school uniform. To learn more about their uniform, head over to the Uniform page.
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Where do I sign up?

Head over to our joining page to start your journey.
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