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Young people in Scouting

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Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background. There are five Sections:

BeaversBeaver Scouts  6 - 8 year olds

‘The best thing we did was swim in the rain. I wasn’t even sure we were allowed to, but it was brilliant! I mean we were wet anyway, so I guess it didn’t matter too much about the weather.’
Your child can see for him/herself what Beavers get up to.
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CubsCub Scouts  8 –10 ½ year olds

‘The best part of Scouting is definitely the camps. I love every activity we do apart from swimming. They told us the pool was 24 degrees centigrade. Minus 24 more like!’
Your child can see for him/herself what Cubs get up to
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ScoutsScouts 10 ½  - 14 year olds

‘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.’
Your child can see for him/herself what Scouts get up to
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ExplorerExplorer Scouts 14 -18 year olds

‘To anyone who hasn’t tried Scouting before, I’d say come on up and have a go! I think that most people don’t really know that Scouting is about activities, friendship and meeting people from other countries. I’ve been in the Movement since I was a Beaver and I still love it!’
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NetworkNetwork 18 - 25 year olds

‘Last week we were out in the Brecon Beacons. This week we’re up in the Lakes helping some Scouts take their first trip on the water. Where else can you make a difference and have an excellent time yourself? Scouting – it’s recommended.’
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Scouts usually meet on one evening during the week, although they may also go to camps and other days out throughout the year.

Whilst the activities they take part in will depend on their age, each Section gives young people the opportunity to learn by doing. The main programme areas are: Outdoor and Adventure; Global; Community; Fit for Life; Creative; and Beliefs and Attitudes.  Scout Leaders are trained to deliver this programme, ensuring our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.


Scouts of all ages work towards attaining awards in their chosen activities, and are awarded Scout Badges. From Circus Skills and Street Sports to Imagination and Public Relations, there is a wide range of choice for all sections.

More information on the many different badges

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