More About Scouts

What age do you have to be?


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 core flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 10, and can move to Explorers between age 13½ and 14½. It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs.




How is Scouts organised?


Each Scout Troop consists of small units of six to eight Scouts called a Patrol, usually led by a Patrol Leader. Outdoor activities feature prominently, with the highlight being camping.




What sort of things do Scouts get up to?


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.

Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for camp.

Rock climbing, potholing, gliding, photography and international experiences are just some of the things they get up to.




How do I join?


Please fill in the form on our Contact Us page and John or Alison will get back to you as soon as possible. Please be aware that there are sometimes waiting lists for our sections so we might not be able to get you a place immediately. If you are the parent or carer of a young person who wishes to join, please consider volunteering in some form. Scouting is run by volunteers and most of these are parents. Please visit our Parents & Carers page for details.




How much does it cost?


Our subscription is currently £33 a term.

The fee covers the costs of maintaining the Scout Hut., insurances and most of our weekly activities. Trips, camps and activities are usually charged separately.

Cost should not be a barrier to anyone taking part in Scouting and if this is an issue, you can speak to our Group Scout Leaders or your Section Leader in confidence.





In 1906 and 1907 Robert Baden-Powell, a lieutenant general in the British Army, wrote a book for boys about reconnaissance and scouting. Baden-Powell wrote Scouting for Boys (London, 1908), based on his earlier books about military scouting.

 

In the summer of 1907 Baden-Powell held a camp on Brownsea Island in England to test ideas for his book. This camp and the publication of Scouting for Boys are generally regarded as the start of the Scout movement.

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 Motto

Be Prepared

The Scout Law

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

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