The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years. A young person can come into the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 14½ years old. The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs.
Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenges awards and activity badges.
Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit, and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.
Being outdoors is important, and half the programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.
Its international aspect gives Scouting a special appeal, and many Scouts now travel abroad during their time in the section. Scouts regularly participate in international camps and experiences both on home soil and abroad, each of them a unique experience in its own right.
Scouts is an inclusive, values based movement and membership is open to all those who share our fundamental values. Scouting is designed to be flexible to support all young people to take part, achieve and reach their full potential. When joining a Section, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers, the young person should be encouraged to progress through Scouting with their peers. Scout groups will make reasonable adjustments and work in partnership with parents and carers to identify young people's needs and plan support strategies.
Who to contact
0345 300 1818
020 8433 7100
Where to go
- Age Ranges
From: 10 years old
To: 14 years old
Last updated 23/12/2021