Scouts are the third section of the Scouting movement. From the first experimental camp for 20 boys in 1907, the movement now has an estimated 28 million members worldwide, and in the UK alone there are over 499,000 boys and girls involved in Scouting. An increase in adult volunteers means that more and more young people are now able to take part in their own big adventure.
Young people join Scouts when they are 10 1/2 years old and are expected to move on to Explorers when they are around 14 years old. Most of the activities form part of a badge requirement. This can be a challenge badge which forms part of our Balanced Program or an Activity Badge which is of interest to the young Scouts. During the 3 1/2 years that they in Scouts they are given the opportunity to complete the Challenge Badges and be awarded the Chief Scouts Gold Award.
We encourage the parents to become involved with the section so they can be part of the development of thier children. Yes we do see a change in them during the time they are with us. It helps with the running of the section if we have a good number of adults helping each week and if the parents move through the group with the young people everybody knows each other.