Scouts are the third section of the Scouting movement.

From the first experimental camp for 20 boys in 1907, the movement now has an estimated 28 million members worldwide, and in the UK alone there are over 499,000 boys and girls involved in Scouting. An increase in adult volunteers means that more and more young people are now able to take part in their own big adventure.

The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years. A young person can come into the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 14½ years old. The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs.

Balanced programme

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.

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.


A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader. Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.

Activity Badges

Many of the badges available are activity badges, these are designed for Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to give them the chance to try new things and form new interests.

Challenge Awards

These are designed to be that bit more ambitious.  They may involve completing tasks at the group, in the community or maybe even at home. The badges follow a number of themes, some are physical, some are more outdoors, whilst others are about the community or the world in which we all live. They are as the name suggests, designed to challenge young people, but completing them is a great achievement.

Activity Packs

Some of our badges are sponsored by outside organisations.  Some of these organisations provide resource packs to enable young people to work through the badge and make it easier for them to know how they are getting on with them.

Chief Scout’s Award

The Chief Scout’s Gold Award is the highest award which can be gained by Scouts. In order to attain it, Scouts must have completed nine Challenge Awards and six Activity badges by the time they are ready to move on to Explorers. They can, if necessary complete this in the early stages of being in the Explorer section.