All About Scouts
What is Scouting?
The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10 1/2 and 14 years. A young person can come into the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 14 1/2 years old. The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs
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 Challenges awards and activity badges.
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.
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.
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.
History of Scouts
Scouting is a worldwide youth movement with the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, so that they may play constructive roles in society.
Scouting began in 1907 when Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell, held the first Scouting camp on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset, England. He then wrote the principles of Scouting in Scouting for Boys (London, 1908), based on his earlier military books. After the first Scout Jamboree held in Olypia, London and with the assistance of his sister Agness he created a parallel movement for girls called Girl Guides to cater for the girls who attended the Jamboree.
The Boy Scout movement swiftly established itself throughout the British Empire soon after the publication of Scouting for Boys. The first recognised overseas unit was chartered in Gibraltar in 1908, followed quickly by a unit in Malta. Canada became the first overseas dominion with a sanctioned Boy Scout program, followed by Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Chile was the first country outside the British dominions to have a recognised Scouting program. By 1910, Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Malaya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States had Boy Scouts.
During the first half of the 20th century, the movement grew to encompass three major age groups: Cub Scout (7-10 years old), Boy Scout (11-17), Rover Scout (18 and up).
The Scout method is the informal educational system used by Scouting to achieve their goal, which is simply stated by its founder Robert Baden-Powell as Scouts to become “healthy, happy, helpful citizensâ€. Scout Method includes Scout Law and Scout Promise. Widely recognied movement characteristic is the Scout uniform, by intent hiding all differences of social standing in a country and making for equality. But, more important still, it covers differences of country and race and creed, and makes all feel that they are members with one another of the one great brotherhood”. The original uniform, still widely recognized, consisted of a khaki button-up shirt, shorts, and a broad-brimmed campaign hat. Baden-Powell also wore shorts, because he believed that being dressed like a Scout helped to reduce the age-imposed distance between adult and youth. Uniforms are now frequently blue, orange, red or green, and shorts are replaced by long trousers in winter, and in areas where the culture calls for modesty.
Since the inception of Scouting in the early 1900s, the movement has sometimes become entangled in social controversies such as the civil rights struggle in the American South and in nationalist resistance movements in India. Scouting was introduced to Africa by British officials as a way to strengthen their rule, but came to challenge the legitimacy of the British Empire as African Scouts used the Scout Law’s principle that a Scout is a brother to all other Scouts to collectively claim full imperial citizenship. More recently, Scouting organisations that do not allow the participation of atheists, agnostics, or homosexuals have been publicly criticised.
Local influences have also been a strong part of Scouting. By adopting and modifying local ideologies, Scouting has been able to find acceptance in a wide variety of cultures.
In 2007, Scouting and Guiding together have over 38 million members in 216 countries. Today at the international level, the two largest umbrella organisations are:
World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), for boys-only and co-educational organisations.
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), primarily for girls-only organisations but also accepting co-educational organisations.
The UK has over half a million members involved in Scouting, so it is in 6th place of the world membership of Scouts listings.
The Scout Promise and Law
The Scout Promise
On my honour, I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Scout Law.
The Scout Law
A Scout is to be trusted.
A Scout is loyal.
A Scout is friendly and considerate.
A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
The Troop uniform consists of:
– Dark Green Shirt.
– A red and green neckerchief with woggle – will be supplied when invested
– Activity Trousers (are optional)
Uniform may be purchased from the local Scout Shop. Click here to get details on the local Scout Shops.
Click here for an example of where badges go.
If you have any problems or queries, please don’t hesitate in contacting any of the leaders. You can find there details on the Contact Us. We are there to help you and your child.