Scouting … Helping young people get the most out of life
Scouting is open to all, boys and girls, aged 6 – 25 years. There are five sections for young people in the Scout movement that provide exciting opportunities tailored to the different age groups.
Weekly meetings, weekend events and longer camps offer a wide range of activities from IT to Kayaking. Scouting is about joining in, making friends, having fun, giving of your best, gaining badges and growing in confidence.
Beavers (age 6 – 8 )
Beavers are our youngest section in the Scouting family, young people can join from the age of 5½ years.
At weekly meetings Beavers enjoy many different activities including games, crafts, visits to interesting places, making friends and helping others. Beavers also enjoy sleepovers and camps helping to create independence as well as having fun with friends.
Cubs (age 8 – 10 1/2)
Cubs have fun in so many ways with their own Pack and with other Packs from across the District. Typically Cubs take part in activities such as exploring and improving the environment, hiking, fishing, camping, crafts, swimming, map reading, fire lighting, cooking and first aid. One of the yearly highlights for most Cubs is when they are given the opportunity to take part in Farriers’ Challenge – a 3 – 4 mile evening hike with a series of activities.
Completing challenges and activities enables the young person to be awarded a badge to wear on their uniform – much to the dismay of many parents when it comes to sewing all the badges on!.
When a Cub Scout is aged between 10½ and 11 they move on to the Scout Troop.
Scouts (age 101/2 – 14)
As with all secitons a Scout Troop usually meet once a week, but willl also have an active programme of activities at weekends and during school holidays. Scouts are given the opportunity to take part in local, national and overseas camps.
Scouts are often outdoors, building on what they learnt in the younger sections and undertaking a wide range of adventurous activities, anything from abseiling, hill walking, sailing, raft building, outdoor cooking as well as the more traditional Scouting activities and skills of fire lighting and shelter building. Scouts can also develop creative talents such as DIY, art, music and cooking.
Explorers (age 14 – 18)
Being an Explorer allows young people to fit their other interests in and around Explorer meetings. Explorers can also join the Young Leader Scouting scheme and develop leadership skills working with a younger Scouting section in the local area.
There is an opportunity to work towards the Chief Scout’s Platinum Awards and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Employers and Higher Education / Universities acknowledge this scheme as showing responsibility, leadership and commitment.
Scout Network (age 18 – 25)
When Explorer Scouts are 18 they move on to the County Scout Network for 18 – 25 year olds. The Scout Network is the first adult section of Scouting. Many Scout Network members also take on appointments as leaders in Scouting. Click here to find out more about the Gloucestershire Scout Network.