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 international trips. 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.
The Scout Troop
The Scout Troop is the second section in the Scout Group, above Cubs. The Scouts is for young people aged between 11 and 18 years. Upon their 18th birthday, Scouts graduate from the Troop and may continue scouting as a Rover or an adult volunteer as they choose.
A Scout Troop is divided into smaller groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader. Patrols function with a degree of autonomy and are encouraged to have their own activities beyond those organised by the adult volunteers in the Troop.
What do Scouts do?
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 sailing and flying. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and there are a number of badges and awards that Scouts can gain to recognize their achievements.
How do I get my child involved?
Feel free to contact your nearest Scout Troop (see details on the map below). Your child will be allowed to attend Troop meetings for a few weeks without any commitment, to see what its all about. During this time you as the parent will get an opportunity to become acquainted with the groups adult volunteers who will talk to you about whats expected in terms of indemnity, and what activities you can expect in the future.