Beaver Scouts are young people usually aged between six and eight years old. They belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday. They can move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, between eight and eight years six months.
Easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts, Beaver Scouts enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits and helping others. They usually meet together once a week in a Beaver Scout Colony.
The Beaver Scout Motto is 'Fun & Friends'. Lots of games and trips will make sure you have plenty of each! You will be able to make things, to sing songs, to listen to stories and to visit places like a fire station. You might also be able to have a sleepover, where you spend a night away from home with the rest of the Colony.
Cubs are aged 8 - 11 and make up the second section of the Scouting family.
There are loads of fun things that you can do as a Cub Scout. You will get a chance to try lots of different activities like swimming, music, exploring, computing and collecting.
If you do them properly you will get a badge which you can wear on your uniform. Cub Scouts also get to go on trips and days out, to places like the zoo, theme parks or a farm. Sometimes you will be able to go camping with the rest of your Pack. This will mean you sleeping in a tent and doing loads of outdoor activities.
Scouts is for young people aged between 10½ and 14 years who want to make friends and develop their widening interests in way that is both educational and fun.
Young people who want a break from the usual after school routine of homework, games and watching television. Our activities are about action and involvement and that means more than just camping.
Hiking, rock climbing, gliding, sailing, pioneering, canoeing, parascending, abseiling, putting on shows and exhibitions, motor mechanics, electronics, photography - the list is endless!
Scouts are also given the chance to learn skills in survival, cooking and first aid. There are often opportunities to go abroad as well.
Explorer Scouts are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth Section of the Scouting family. There are many types of Explorer Scout Units, some may be linked to your local Scout Group, others may be based around different activities.
Not all Units meet each week, because you will often be out and about at weekends or in the holidays doing activities. There will be times when you will be busy doing other things such as exams, and being an Explorer Scout will have to fit around these.
As an Explorer Scout, you will be able to decide, along with the rest of the Unit, what you want to do - whether it is powerboating, socialising, hiking or enjoying a trip abroad. Some Units hold their meetings in a hall, or at someone's house, or even up a mountain!
You will be able to gain badges such as the Chief Scout's Diamond and Platinum Awards. The highest award you can earn is the Queen's Scout Award. This is recognised by many employers as the sign of someone that is enthusiastic, dedicated and reliable.
Members of the Scout Network are between 18 and 25 years years old and have actively decided to be member of the section. As a member of the Scout Network you could also be:
a Leader with another Section
a Helper of Skills Instructor
a member of the Scout Fellowship
a member in another capacity
Local Networks, can be based at County, District or Group; some may be focused around a specific activity or location, e.g. Gang Show, Activity Centre, climbing or canoeing.