How old are Scouts?

The Scout Section is for young people usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.

A young person can come in to the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 14 years old.

What do they do?

Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme.

“Participation” rather than meeting set standards is the key approach and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenges Awards and Activity Badges.

Scouts take part in a balanced programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit and helps develop their creative talents.

It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes

Being outdoors is important and half the Programme is given over to taking part in both the traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking as well as the wide range of adventurous activities, anything from abseiling to yachting.

The international aspect gives Scouting a special appeal and many Scouts now travel abroad during their time in the Section. Scouts regularly participate in International camps and experiences both on home soil and abroad, each of them a unique experience in its own right.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.

Scouts Programme

The philosophy underpinning the programme is that every Scout should participate in a Balanced Programme over a period of time – usually one year.

In Scouting, “programme” has the widest possible interpretation. Programme is not just all the activities that Scouts can take part in. It includes almost anything from archery to youth hostelling. It is also how we do those activities, known as the method, and why we do them, known as the purpose.

This means that when Leaders plan an activity for their Scouts, they need to consider both how the activity will be done, why they are doing it and how it fits into the Balanced Programme.

The second word to consider is “balanced”. The Programme is designed to help young people to grow and develop so at it’s heart are six “personal development areas” (see below).

For Scouting to achieve its purpose, Scouts need to grow and develop in each of these areas, through a Balanced Programme that offers the widest variety of activities and methods.

The Scout Leaders, working with their Scouts, are responsible for planning and delivering a Balanced Programme.

Programme Zones

Programme Zones split the whole programme into manageable areas. Each Zone represents a different development area in a young person’s life. There are six Programme Zones in the Scout Section. They are:

  • Beliefs and Attitudes
  • Community
  • Fitness
  • Creative
  • Global
  • Outdoor and Adventure

It is recommended that a troop spend roughly 50% of its programme time working within the Outdoor and Adventure Zone.

The Ten Methods

These Zones are delivered using 10 methods, which give the programme variety and range. Sometimes one method will be more suitable than another. On occasions you may use a number of methods within the same activity. So you should give your Scouts opportunities to take part in:

  • Activities outdoors
  • Games
  • Design and creativity
  • Visits and visitors
  • Service
  • Technology and new skills
  • Team-building activities
  • Activities with others
  • Themes
  • Prayer, worship and reflection

The Bottom Line

Good Scouting is taking place when the following can be seen in all that is taking place in the Programme.

  • Activity
  • Fun
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership and Responsibility
  • Relationships
  • Commitment
  • Personal Development

The Scout Promise

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law

The Scout Law

  1. A Scout is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

The Scout Motto

Be Prepared