The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years, meeting on Mondays 19:10-21:00. A young person can come into the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 14½ years old.
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 Challenge 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 that helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.
The Chief Scout Gold award is the highest award a scout can achieve. To gain this badge the scout has to gain 9 challenge badges. These badges are not called challenge badges because they are easy to obtain. A scout has to take part in adventurous activities, plan and take part in an expedition and demonstrate skills in leadership and team work.
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.
In August 2018, Scouts took part in an international expedition to Kandersteg (Switzerland), where the World Scout Centre is based. Take a look at what got up to in the video below.
Leader – Fiona Page