Everything You Need To Know About 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."
What are Scouts?
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 some 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.
Activities and Achievements
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. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and there are a number of badges and awards that Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements. 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.
Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme including:
- Traditional Scouting skills
- Adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing
- Camps and residential experiences.
- Learning new skills that can be applied in everyday life!
The Scout Promise, Law and Motto
There are a number of variations of the Scout Promise to reflect the range of faiths, beliefs and attitudes, and nationalities, in the UK within Scouting.
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.
The Scout Motto: Be Prepared
Uniform: The Scouts wear a dark green shirt and at 1st Northfleet we have a Red & Green kneckerchief to identify us as a group. When we invest a young person into the Scout Section we expect them to have purchased a uniform shirt, but we will supply the kneckerchief and badges!