What is Scouting?
Adventure is at the heart of everything we do. It is the single most important thing that sets Scouts apart.
It’s exciting being involved with us. We believe that through the everyday adventure of Scouting, young people and adult volunteers regularly experience new challenges that enrich their lives.
We offer hundreds of activities, as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, staged performance, and archery. There’s something for every young person, whatever their physical ability.
Every young person in Scouting enjoys a balanced programme of activities, events, and experiences; based around subject areas we call Programme Zones. The zones cover a huge range of activities, from outdoor and physical pursuits to community involvement, creative expression and learning about the wider world.
Together we help Scouts get the most out of their Scouting experience by including elements from as many zones as possible within the activities on offer. And, the older they get, the more input young people themselves have in their own programme. Hiking in the dark. Spending the first night away from home. Activities are an integral part of Scouting. But as well as being challenging physically, our activities help young people set and achieve goals and grow in confidence.
What we do
What don’t Scouts do? At this age, we encourage girls and boys to take responsibility for themselves and each other, with older members leading a small team.
They like being with friends and participating fully in the adventure of life.
In the Troop, Scouts:
- Develop leadership skills
- Learn emergency aid
- Spend nights away – the summer camp is often the highlight of the year
- Help others in the community
- Cook, both at home and at camp
- Adventurous and sporting activities – anything from abseiling to zorbing
- Learn survival skills
And of course, we recognise all that effort with the awarding of badges and awards, details of which can be found here
Promise and Law
You will be asked to repeat the Scout Promise at your investiture ceremony. You should also know the Scout Law and Motto.
The Scout Promise:
On my honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law
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:
Scouting is available to people of all faiths as well as people who are humanist, atheist or have no affirmed faith and therefore must take account of the different religious obligations or non-religious beliefs of its Members.
Similarly, people of other nationalities resident in the United Kingdom, who may become Members of the Association, owe allegiance to their own Country. To meet these circumstances, there are different variations of the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Promise that can be made, allowing for the individuals obligations while upholding the essential spirit of the Promise.
When we do it
Scouts is for boys and girls aged 10 1/2 to 14 years old.
We currently have two scout troops and so Scout meetings take place on Friday evenings during term time. With trips and camps taking place on weekends and other nights throughout the year.