The Scout Section is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs, and is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.
On Mondays and Thursdays our Manticore and Thestral Scout Troops meet for their weekly sessions. Being a Scout is all about:
- Mastering new skills and trying new things
- Making new friends
- Having fun and go on adventures, at home and abroad
- Exploring the world around you
- Helping others and make a difference, in your local community and beyond
What Do Scouts Do?
Discovering the world
Being a Scout is all about discovering the world on your own terms and making the most of what you have and who you are. Scouts seek out the answers to the big questions, and to the smaller questions that don’t seem to matter but really should.
Alongside your friends, you’ll face new challenges, master new life skills and have the opportunity to try out new activities and experiences that you may not have access to at home or at school. These might include learning to sail, conquering the high ropes, pioneering, campfire cooking or fundraising by packing bags in Tesco or volunteering on the gate at Winchestival.
Making a Difference
Scouts stand up for what they believe in and make a difference in their local community, safe in the knowledge that their daily actions add up.
Young people are increasingly experiencing feelings of social pressure, isolation and stress but studies have shown that adults with a Scouting background are less likely to be anxious or depressed. Scouts develop self-reliance and teamwork which has been shown to have lifelong benefits.
In a society that can often feel increasingly isolated and inward facing, Scouts build bridges and break down barriers.
Most importantly, Scouts are not afraid to try new activities and face new challenges – whether they’re spending the night on Brownsea Island, writing their first line of code, or cooking a three-course meal.
Who Leads Scouts?
Scout Troops are made up of young people aged 10½ to 14, led by enthusiastic and energetic adult volunteers who are on hand to share their skills and keep everyone safe. Within their Troop, Scouts are part of a Patrol – smaller groups of Scouts who support each other. Scouts usually gather in their Patrols at the beginning and end of meetings. They might also work together as a team on expeditions or trips away, or during certain activities.
Promises and Ceremonies
Every Scout is unique, but they find common ground in their shared Scout values and make a promise to stick by them.
Making a promise when you join the Troop is a way of celebrating these values. When a new Scout decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before repeating it in front of their fellow Scouts.
The process usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in and is known as being ‘invested’ into Scouts.
It could be held at your usual meeting place, or it could happen around the campfire. Regardless, it’s an important moment and family members are welcome to join your fellow Scouts as they cheer you on. Scouts can choose the promise that best suits them and promises are renewed on key days such as St George’s Day.
There is also a Scout motto ‘Be Prepared’.
See inside the guide below for the Promises and Uniform and Badge Placement for Scouts.
Scouts wear core uniform of a green shirt and a group necker.
Uniform can either be bought from Scout Shops Ltd or a local supplier. You can ask your Troop leader for more information on what and where to buy.
We don’t want anyone to miss out through financial hardship. If concerns about finances may prevent your child taking part in Scouting or some activities, speak to your Troop leader, as some assistance may be available in confidence.