Scouts are boys and girls between 10½ and 14 years of age. They meet together once a week in a Scout Troop.
Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme that 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. Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. The emphasis is on taking part and there are a number of badges and awards Scouts can work towards to recognise their commitment and achievements. The top badge is the Chief Scout's Gold Award.
Being outdoors is important in the Scout Section and half the Programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills such as camping, survival and cooking as well as a wide range of adventurous activities, which can include anything from abseiling to yachting.
The chance to take part in international travel is also important for Scouts and many travel abroad during their time in the Section.
Young people may stay in the Scout Section until the age of 14½ at the latest before moving on to Explorer Scouts.
The Scout Scout Motto
The Scout Scout Promise
On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best,
to do my duty to God and the Queen,
to help other people and
to keep the Scout law.
The Scout Scout Law
- 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 his time and is careful of possessions and property.
- A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.