Who are Senior Scouts?
Baden-Powell first suggested the idea of Senior Scouts in 1917 to try and prevent the leakage of older boys from the Scout Movement and you could become a Senior Scout providing you were 15½ and had gained your First Class.
Nowadays Seniors is for male and female youths aged 15 – 18. Their motto of ‘Look Wide’Being in Senior Scouts is a great adventure! You can make friends, have fun, do your best and be proud.
How often do Senior Scouts meet?
Senior Scouts meet regularly; they work hard both independently and with others to achieve a great range of goals and awards (whilst overcoming whatever life throws at them along the way!) Senior scouts build upon their skills and hobbies they developed in scouts and often have opportunities such as camping, climbing, exploring, competing, cycling, canoeing and cooking as well as much, much more.
An important aspect to Scouting is learning to take an active role in the wider community. A few times a year Senior Scouts will be expected to attend events. These include taking part in the local Remembrance Parade in Fakenham (although attendance at the church service following the parade is optional), and other occasional Royal British Legion events. We expect all members of this section to support Group fundraising activities.
Skills and opportunitiesSenior Scouts work extremely hard and have plenty of enjoyment making their way through a number of awards including the Bushman's Badge and the Venture Badge to gain their St Georges Award. Alongside this there are a great number of proficiency badges including the Rock climber, Electrician and Hiker. Senior scouts also offer opportunities to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
"Mann's Own," have additional opportunities to practice their Scouting, aviation and engineering skills. This includes the possibility of signing up for a glider cadetship at Tibbenham, and a chance to earn their pilot's wings before their driver's licence! Senior Scouts are strongly encouraged to join RAFA Youth, opening doors to additional experiences. Although we are not a cadet unit, there are also some links between us and 2534 Fakenham Air Cadets, with several of our members being in both organisations.
Senior Scouts meet on Fridays, from 6.30 to 8.30, at our headquarters or other arranged locations. Camps and additional activities take place at weekends and during school & college holidays.
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