Introduction to ScoutsScouts

‘Scouting has given me a fantastic opportunity to do lots of activities and things that people who are not in Scouts don’t get to do. It’s about having fun with good friends.’

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.  Although Cubs is an excellent introduction to Scouts you don’t need to have done it, plenty of people just jump straight in.

Scouting bridges the gap between what we learn at home and what we learn at School.  It teaches valuable life skills.  These can be anything from using a tin opener to cooking a four course meal.  We start small and build up slowly.  There’s a lot to do, and sometimes we run out of time to squeeze all the fun in.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all done in mountains and wooded streams, first we make sure we know what we’re getting ourselves into.  For the last 100 plus years the Scout motto has been ‘Be Prepared’ , so we check and double-check before we take part in an event, but with 50% of our programme devoted to outdoors and adventure we don’t think you will get bored.

It’s constantly changing

In early 2015 we launched a new badge scheme, it’s not all camping and knots any more!  There are over 60 activity badges to earn along with 9 challenge awards which lead to our Chief Scouts Gold award.

We have now gone digital with badges too, and although I’ve yet to find a tree with a plug socket there’s plenty of opportunity to complete badges on a weekly basis whether you’re inside on a winter evening or  waking up in the morning in a harness on the side of a cliff!  Take a look below and see what we can do for you and if you would like to join, or simply know more then leave us a message and someone will get back to you.

Scouting in Petersfield District is on the up.  We take part in an annual sailing club where Scouts are taught to sail small boats, we have canoeing instructors, archery instructors, climbing instructors, hill walking instructors.  At most groups the Scouts have a large input into what they do and when they do it.  Some go camping in the middle of winter, there’s expeditions to be undertaken, worldwide events to join in, even racing model cars!  Whatever group you decide to join the emphasis is on outdoor and adventure with every group offering at least one night away per year, but most groups doing a lot more.

District Scouts Calendar