Scouts can be male or female and aged between 10½ and 14 years old.
Scouts aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor
skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative.
It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on
Scouts are encouraged to work together and take the lead on all sorts of projects, from
community based work to planning games and activities for their meetings.
A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout
called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.
Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme
including traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider
spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing. Participation rather than meeting
set standards is the key approach, and there are a number of badges and awards that Scouts can
gain to recognise their achievements.
Scouts may wear a teal green shirt or blouse, navy blue activity trousers or skirt, a group
scarf with a woggle, and a Scout belt.