Wednesday 7pm – 9pm
The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs and is for young people, aged between 10½ and 14 years.
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, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of awards and activity badges available.
The Chief Scout Gold Award is the highest recognition a Scout can gain, and to achieve this the Scout must complete 9 Challenge Awards, and at least 6 Activity Awards or Staged Awards. There are 61 Activity Badges, 14 Staged Awards that can be completed in total.
Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme, which is split down in Programme Zones 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.
Its international aspect gives Scouting a special appeal, and many Scouts now travel abroad during their time in the section. In 2007, 40,000 Scouts from around the world attended the World Jamboree in the UK, and Scouts regularly participate in international camps and experiences both on home soil and abroad, each of them a unique experience in its own right.
Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team,and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.
The Scouts Programme is not just about the activities that Scouts can take part in (almost anything from abseiling to zorbing), it is also how we deliver these activities and our motivation for doing them. What we offer to young people in the Scouts section is a range of activities, events and experiences to enhance different development areas in a young person’s life.
We deliver the programme using various methods, which give a wide range of variety. The methods are:
- Activities outdoors
- Design and creativity
- Visits and visitors
- Technology and new skills
- Team-building activities
- Activities with others
- Prayer, worship and reflection