The Scout section is the third section in the Scouting family. Scouts are members of a Scout Troop within a Scout Group. Each Scout Troop consists of small teams of six to eight Scouts called a Patrol, usually led by a Patrol Leader who is usually one of the older scouts.
Outdoor activities feature prominently in the Scout Programme, with the highlight invariably being camping which, in the summer holidays, can often mean spending a week under canvas. Sometimes Scouts will camp overseas – either visiting an international Scout Centre or attending a mini-Jamboree.
Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for their camps. They also learn a range of survival skills. Other activities within the Scout section can include gliding, rock-climbing, photography and IT related activities.
The section builds on the basic training members receive in the Cub Scout Pack, setting higher challenges and encouraging Scouts to take the initiative in leading some aspects of their programme.
There is an extensive range of Activity badges that Scouts can earn. The range is diverse and Scouts are encouraged to take on new challenges and embark on new adventures when working for these badges.
All our leaders have undergone a DBS check and they all undertake training in running a Scout section. You can be certain that your child will be in safe hands!
How much does it cost?
Each Scout Troop sets a weekly, monthly or termly membership subscription which helps with the cost of running the weekly meeting. This varies from Troop to Troop but as a guide you can expect to pay between £2 and £3 per week (often with a discount offered for a termly payment). This usually includes the cost of badges earned by the Scouts and which are worn on their uniform.
For special evenings or activities (for example, visits to places of interest or special activities provided on our behalf by external organisations) there is usually an additional fee to cover costs. Similarly, camps or sleepovers will attract an additional fee.
We are a uniformed organisation and parents/carers will be asked to buy a uniform for their child once they have settled into the section. The leader(s) of the section will be able to advise you what your child will need, where it can be obtained from and the likely cost.