What Scouting Offers
Scouting through its leaders offers the young people fun, friendship and excitement, by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training. This training starts with the young inquisitive six year old, through to the capable and socially aware twenty five year old.
Because of the wide age range, the training scheme is organised into five age groups, each building on the skills and experiences of the earlier sections.
Beaver Scouts (6 to 8 years old) learn through games and various fun activities and start to understand working together as they work for a selection of awards and badges. Fun and Friendship is the main theme of this section.
Cub Scouts (8 to 10 1/2 years old) are introduced to a more individual and structured award and badges theme. These awards are designed to introduce young people to the world around them and caring for others. Each is given the means to extend his or her capabilities through adventure and play.
Scouts (10 1/2 to 14 years old) extend the background work done in the Cub Scout section with more challenging projects tackled and achieved in small teams, known as patrols. An important part of the Scout section training is teamwork, decision making and leadership skills. Adventurous activities such as Hiking, Camping, Climbing, Canoeing etc, under skilled supervision become an increasing part of the programme.
Explorer Scouts (14 to 18 years old) continue to develop the skills previously acquired with an increase in focus on decision making and personal achievement. The training programme is also directly linked to the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
Network Scouts (18 to 25 years old) is not as formal as the other sections, does not necessarily have weekly meetings, but aims to provide a common focus for those who still wish to be actively involved in the movement. For example, those at University will be encouraged to join with a local Network whilst retaining membership of their home unit.
Whichever section and whatever the activity, Scouting is made FUN for the participant. It must be remembered that our members are there by choice because they enjoy the value and the experience gained.