Join Scouts Who Are Scouts? Scouts are a go-getting group of young people aged 10 ½ to 14 who: Master new skills and try new thingsMake new friendsHave fun and go on adventures, at home and abroadExplore the world around themHelp others and make a difference, in their own communities and beyond Week in and week out, they gather in groups called Scout Troops to conquer the small task of changing the world. What Do Scouts Get Up To? Discovering the World Being a Scout is all about discovering the world on your own terms and making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are. Alongside your new friends, you’ll master the skills that will help you weather the storms of life, and try things you’d never get the chance to do at home or at school – working with trained volunteers to achieve whatever you set your mind to. Starting Small, Thinking Big Scouts start small but think big. They stand up for what they believe in and make a difference on their doorstops, confident in the knowledge that their daily actions add up. In a society that can often feel increasingly isolated and inward facing, Scouts build bridges and break barriers. Throughout history, they’ve played all sorts of useful roles in society, and this legacy continues today. Listening, Lending A Hand Scouts seek out the answers to the big questions, and to the smaller questions that don’t seem to matter but really should. Most importantly, they say yes more often than they say no – whether they’re; taking part in their first ever camp away from homewriting their first line of codeaccepting the last of the toasted marshmallows. Sound like fun? That’s because it is. All that’s missing is you. What To Expect As A Scout: Scouts gather in groups weekly and complete fun tasks which is a great method of developing skills for life such as: ConfidenceCommunication skillsinterpersonal skillssurvival skillsLeadership skillsCitizenship skills They will also be able to: Make new friendsHave fun and go on adventures even at home or abroadExplore unknown locationsHelp othersMake a difference in the world Moving Up: As scouts enter the final phases of their participation (14 – 14 1/2), they will have the option to undergo the Moving on award which entails the scout joining an explorer for three weeks to ‘test the water’ before they commit therefore they get a good grasp on what’s to come. Scouts promise Promises & Ceremonies Every Scout is unique, but they find common ground in their shared Scout values, and make a promise to stick by them. Making a promise when you join the Troop is a way of celebrating these values. Every time a new Scout decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Scouts. The process usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in, and is known as being ‘invested’ into Scouts. Usually, the promise ceremony happens in a place you’ve chosen, or in a memorable place that means a lot to the group. It could be held in your usual meeting place, or it could happen around the campfire, or it could happen on a boat sailing the seven seas. Regardless, it’s a big celebration for all involved, and it’s not uncommon for family and friends to join your fellow Scouts as they cheer you on. Scouts choose the promise that best suits them. A similar ceremony – known as a Moving On ceremony – usually happens once you reach the end of your time at Scouts. It’s an opportunity to celebrate all you’ve achieved and conquered and enjoyed – including that time you moved mountains, and laughed so hard on camp you spurted lemonade out of your nose. It’s also a chance to properly say goodbye, and send you on your merry way. Scouts Uniform What Do Scouts Wear? Scouts wear a uniform during their weekly meetings and sometimes on trips away, depending on where they’re going and what they’re doing. Usually, this consists of a teal green shirt or blouse with their badges sewn on, which they pair with a scarf, known as a necker. Exact uniforms will vary slightly if your Troop is part of the Air Scouts or Sea Scouts. Alongside their shirts, Scouts might wear the accompanying blue uniform trousers or skirt, or they might save their uniform bottoms to wear for special occasions like awards ceremonies and public events – choosing to wear something more casual with their shirt during the week. Optional accessories such as hats, hoodies, are also available. Where To Buy Scout Uniform Uniform can either be bought from the scout online shop – Scout Store – or from a local supplier. If you’re not sure where to start, or could use a little help with uniform costs, fear not. Your Scout leader can chat to you about options. The most important thing when you first arrive is wearing something that you feel natural and comfortable in.