‘Scouting has given me a fantastic opportunity to do lots of activities and things that people who are not in Scouts don’t get to do. It’s about having fun with good friends.’
Scouts are the third section of Scouting and they are from 10.5 to 14 years old. Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. The Balanced Programme 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 traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.
Our troop is led by Mike (knows everything and everybody), Crispin (wears hats), Jeremy (makes huge fires) and James (loves making things), our four leaders who were all scouts themselves. They are assisted by Nigel (makes great tea). Then there’s Sam (loves competitions), Craig (will he ever stop growing) and Ed (new boy on the block) who are young leaders.
A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader with an Assistant Patrol Leader.
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