What do Scouts do?

Scouts is the third section in the scouting family, and is typically seen as the original section. Scouts are 10½ to 14½ years old.

Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential by developing skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment.

Each Scout Troop consists of small units of six to eight Scouts called a Patrol, usually led by a Patrol Leader. The PLs share responsibility with the adult Leader for maintaining standards and training within the Troop. All Scouts are encouraged to take part in the decision-making process and regular Forums provide the chance for them to help in planning Troop activities.

Outdoor activities feature prominently, with the highlight being camping. Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for camp. With the emphasis on adventurous activities, action and involvement, Scouting means more than just camping. Hiking, rock climbing, gliding, sailing, pioneering, canoeing, parascending, abseiling, potholing, First Aid, motor mechanics, electronics, amateur radio and photography, as well as international experiences are just some of the things they get up to.

Their uniform of activity trousers, with teal green polo or long sleeved shirt, reflects their adventurous lifestyle.

You can get a flavour of some of the adventures that Scouts have here: