The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.
A young person can join the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 14½ years old. The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group.
Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. “Participation” rather than meeting set standards is the key approach. As a Scout the young person is encouraged to self-motivate and self-determine their achievements. There are a number of Challenges Awards and Activity Badges all aimed at stretching and challenging the individual. For the first time the young person is required to make a conscious decision about where they wish to go with scouting and what they wish to achieve. Hopefully the Chief Scout Gold Award is their aim – an award recognised by employers for the level of effort required by the individual gaining it.
Outdoor activity forms the major element of the Programme, focusing on both the traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking as well as the wide range of adventurous activities, anything from abseiling to skiing.
In scouts the young person will take part in many more adventurous activities and have the opportunity to participate in District, County and International activities.