The Northern Ireland Squirrel Association


The Northern Ireland Squirrel Association is an organisation for 4 and 5 year olds. 

Squirrels meet in Dreys all around Northern Ireland and enjoy games, crafts, stories and lots of fun under the guidance of an adult Leadership team. 

For further information about Squirrels please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC100541

New activity resources

At the recent NI Squirrel Association AGM we launched some new activity resources which we hope will be fun for you and your Squirrels to get involved in!!

We are delighted to continue our partnership with the RSPB by getting involved in their new Wild Challenge.  This initiative replaces the Wildlife Action Award - many Dreys took part in this and were awarded their Bronze certificates.  The new Challenge can be found here.  All you have to do is register your Drey, take part in your chosen activities and don't forget to record your actions online.  There is a vast array of support material to help you on the RSPB website.  Don't forget to let us know how many Squirrels, adults and family members took part in the activities - the RSPB is committed to getting kids up close to nature and their partnership with the Squirrel Association is a great way for them to reach lots of children!!

Drey Finances

So you registered with the Charity Commission – what now?

What follows is “housekeeping” you will need to do on a weekly/yearly basis. Once you have got into the way of it you will not find it difficult and for reports you can copy a lot from the previous year.  This document will support you with everything you need to know!!

Click here for Drey Finances support document.

Click here for Trustees' Annual Report template

Click here for Independent Examiner's Report template

Safeguarding Support Material

An important aspect of being a Leader is child protection/safeguarding.  Leaders should attend any training sessions offered by their Scout Group, District or County.  The NI Squirrel Association has put together new reporting guidelines and information to support this aspect of your leadership role. Some Leaders may have used the Scout Association online safeguarding training BUT please be aware that the reporting procedure for Squirrel Leaders is different. 

Further information can be found here

Safeguarding guidelines (also in Drey Essentials)

Safeguarding Reporting Form

Safe & Sound - Information for parents and carers

Drey Essentials

Drey Essentials - Squirrel Leaders' Guide to running a Drey - has been updated in Spring 2017 to include current guidelines, important Safeguarding information and SMILE badge information.

Click here for 2017 Drey Essentials