The Scout Section has existed since Scouting began in 1907. Though the Section has gone through many changes its values and fundamental principles have remained unchanged. Today there are over 100,000 Scouts in 6,600 Troops across the UK.
Who is the Scout Section for?
Scouts is open to young people aged between ten and half and fourteen years old who want to join and can make the Scout Promise
Scouting differs from many organisations in that it requires its Members to make a Promise. The Scout Promise is the same for Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Members of the Scout Network and adult Members of the Association. It is:
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.
Different wordings of the promise are available for those of different faiths who may prefer not to use the word “God” and for those with special needs and circumstances.
By making the Promise a young person becomes a Member of the worldwide Movement; they become a Scout.
The Scout Law is a set of ‘rules’ that Scouts should do their best to live their life by. They are based on the Laws that Baden Powell came up with, but have evolved to reflect changing times. The Laws are:
- A Scout is to be trusted
- A Scout is loyal
- A Scout is friendly and considerate
- A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts
- A Scout has courage in all difficulties
- A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property
- A Scout has self-respect and respect for others
The motto for all members of the movement is: Be Prepared
- Teal Green long sleeved shirt
- Navy Blue activity trousers and / or shorts with Scout belt and buckle
- Group scarf and woggle
- Suitable footwear
How are Scouts organised?
Scouts meet together as a Troop and work within a variety of small groups called Patrols. A Scout called a Patrol Leader leads the Patrol. The Patrol Leaders work with the Leadership Team in setting the programme and in decisions affecting the Troop. The Patrol system is one of the important ways that young people can take responsibility for themselves and others. A volunteer leadership team made up of uniformed Leaders and other informal Assistants and helpers will guide the Troop. Explorer Scouts who are Young Leaders might also assist the leadership team in the Troop.
Making the Promise is the most important act in Scouting and is common to every section. Scouting has a special ceremony for making the Promise called Investiture or being invested. When a young person makes their Promise they receive their Group Scarf, The Membership Award (for those coming into Scouting for the first time) or their Moving-On Award (if they have been in Cubs) and are welcomed as a new Member into the Scout Family.
What do Scouts do?
Scouts normally meet once a week for a couple of hours. It is an opportunity for them to catch up with friends, learn new skills and explore issues relevant to their age group. They will also have their chance to say what they want to do!
Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. On top of the adventure of outdoor activities that forms a large part of the Scout Section, a Balanced Programme will help them find out about the world in which they live, encourage them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit and help to develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes and develop in all the Personal Development Areas.
The following are the six Programme Zones for Scouts; as part of the Balanced Programme they will task part in activities from all the Zones over a period of time. They are:
- Outdoor and Adventure
- Fit for Life
- Creative Expression
- Beliefs and Attitudes
These Programme Zones are delivered using ten methods, which give the programme variety and range. The methods are:
- Activities Outdoors
- Design and Creativity
- Visits and Visitors
- Team-Building Activities
- Activities with Others
- Prayer, Worship and Reflection
- Technology and New Skills
Scouting has a reputation as an outdoor organisation based on strong traditions of camping and other outdoor pursuits. This is reflected in the Balanced Programme, with about half the programme taken up by the Outdoor and Adventure Programme Zone. Scouting offers a range of activities for Scouts away from their home throughout the year, lots of camps and when possible a longer camp in the summer. These are an important part of Troop life and everybody is encouraged to go.
Scouts… Taking the Lead!
Scouts have the opportunity to make more and more decisions for themselves about they want to do and want to get out of Scouting. The opportunities will be there for them to take part in a wide range of activities and to gain a variety of skills and knowledge. They will get to learn more about themselves by not only taking responsibility for themselves, but for others as well.
Scouts have their own pages on The Scout Association’s website where they can find out lots of useful information, enter competitions and even read reviews of the latest films! Find out more at:
Resources for Scouts
Scouts can track their own progress through the awards using their own Scout Record Book. They can also find out what’s required to complete badges with the Scout Badge Book. Thirdly, the Scout Skills Cards contain practical information and tips to get up to speed with some Scouting Skills.