Scouts are a go-getting group of young people aged 10 ½ to 14 who:• Master new skills and try new things• Make friends• Have fun and go on adventures, at home and abroad• Explore the world around them• Help others and make a difference, in their own communities and beyond
Week in and week out, they gather in groups called Scout Troops to conquer the small task of changing the world.
Being a Scout is all about adventure and discovering more. Here are some of the things you’ll get up to with your new friends:
Being a Scout is all about discovering the world on your own terms and making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.
Alongside your new friends, you’ll master the skills that will help you weather the storms of life, and try things you’d never get the chance to do at home or at school – working with trained volunteers to achieve whatever you set your mind to.
Scouts start small but think big. They stand up for what they believe in and make a difference on their doorstops, confident in the knowledge that their daily actions add up. In a society that can often feel increasingly isolated and inward facing, Scouts build bridges and break barriers.
Throughout history, they’ve played all sorts of useful roles in society, and this legacy continues today.
Scouts seek out the answers to the big questions, and to the smaller questions that don’t seem to matter but really should. Most importantly, they say yes more often than they say no – whether they’re taking part in their first ever camp away from home, or writing their first line of code, or accepting the last of the toasted marshmallows.
Sound like fun? That’s because it is. All that’s missing is you.
Did you know that as well as hiking, healthy eating and camping badges, our Scouts can develop skills in fundraising, science and mechanics?
Our activity badges allow Scouts to demonstrate their love of various pursuits, and help them find new interests. They are awarded when our young people meet the requirements and show they’re an expert, or at least enjoy the activity.
We also have a number of Challenge Awards, which gives the Scouts a chance to take on ambitious tasks and try new things that prepare them with #SkillsForLife.
Scouts start small but think big, always challenging themselves to do more and be more. It starts with an award. Who knows where it might lead?
Master something you love, or try something shiny and new. If it spurs you on or stirs your interest, we’ve probably got a badge for it.
You don’t need a uniform to join. But once you’ve settled in, you’ll start speedily earning badges, and you’ll need to know where to put them!
Scout uniform consists of a green shirt with your badges sewn on and our groups coloured scarf or ‘necker’. There are lots of other optional accessories you can wear such as t-shirts, hats, hoodies, trousers or shorts, if you’d like to save your shirt for formal occasions.
Wearing a uniform makes you feel part of a team. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out. And it gives you a place to show off all the brilliant badges you earn.
Uniform can either be bought from the online Scout shop or a local supplier. If you’re stuck, ask adult volunteers to tell you more about what to buy and where to buy it. We recommend using the scout store.
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. Every time a new Scout decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud 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. Usually, the promise ceremony happens in a place you’ve chosen, or in a memorable place that means a lot to the group.
It could be held in your usual meeting place, or it could happen around the campfire, or it could happen on a boat sailing the seven seas. Regardless, it’s a big celebration for all involved, and it’s not uncommon for family and friends to join your fellow Scouts as they cheer you on.
When: Thursday, 7.15pm – 9.15pmWhere: Methodist Church, CottinghamLeader: Alex & MartinAvailability: Places available
All of our leaders are trained volunteers, working to make sure Scouting is safe and open to all. Some lead the Troop week in and week out. Others visit occasionally to help run a session or drop in to share their skills. No matter how much time you have to spare, find out about volunteering on your own terms.