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Introduction to Scouts

'Scouting has given me a fantastic opportunity to do lots of activities and things that people who are not in Scouts don’t get to do. It’s about having fun with good friends.’

Scouts aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative.  It  offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips.

Scouts are encouraged to work together and take the lead on all sorts of projects, from community based work to planning games and activities for their meetings.
The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs. The Scout Section is for young people aged between 10½ and 14 years.  There is flexibility in the age range:  young people can join from age 10, and can move to Explorers between age 13½ and 14½.
For further information, including information on further flexibility for young people with special needs, please refer to - Age Ranges Flexibility (Special Needs) (FS250045)


A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.


Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme including traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and there are a number of Challenges awards and activity badges that Scouts can gain during their time in the section to recognise their achievements.
Further information can be found here.

The Scout Promise

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law

The Scout Law

1.    A Scout is to be trusted.
2.    A Scout is loyal.
3.    A Scout is friendly and considerate.
4.    A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
5.    A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
6.    A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
7.    A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

The Scout Motto

Be Prepared


Scouts wear a teal green shirt or blouse, navy blue activity trousers or skirt, a group scarf with a woggle, and a Scout belt.


The Scout flag is dark green, bearing the Scout symbol and Motto.


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