Ready to begin your adventure? There are five sections you can
depending on your age. The activities and opportunities vary but
what is the same is that each will empower you to make friends,
learn skills and try new things.
Beaver 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
Cub Scouts 8-10½ 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!'
Scouts 10½-14 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.'
Explorer 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!'
Network 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.'
Scouts usually meet on one evening during the week, although
they may also go to camps and other days out throughout the
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.
It's not all about badges but these certainly play a
role. There are a huge number of badges available to young
people across all sections of Scouting. Some of these might be to
reward proficiency or endeavour in a certain skill area, while
others might be for time spent in the Movement, for becoming a
member of the next section, or for taking part in particular
challenges or expeditions.
Each section also has higher awards, like Chief Scout's Awards,
DofE Awards or the Queen's Scout Award. These awards celebrate high
levels of achievement, and young people will work towards them for
a large part of their time in the Section.