6-8 years
Make friends and try new indoor and outdoor activities

8-10½ years
Learn practical skills while having adventures with friends 

10½-14 years
Build confidence, resilience and a sense of adventure

14-18 years
Take the lead, work together, and embrace new experiences

Why Join

1. Try over 200 activities – From archery and acting to street sports and zorbing, being a member of the Scouting Movement gives you the chance to get stuck into loads of activities you wouldn’t normally get to do.

2. Make new friends – Joining Scouting is a chance to meet up with your friends, have a laugh and do lots of exciting activities. You’ll meet adventurous people just like you who want to do something a little different.

3. Have fun – Chief Scout Bear Grylls says life is about grabbing opportunities! We agree! Above everything else, Scouting is all about enjoying yourself, whatever you’re doing – and there’ll always be plenty to do!

4. Get outdoors – As a member of the Scouting Movement, you get to explore the big outdoors and travel to new places and try new things. Sounds better than being stuck in the house with nothing to do, right?

5. Learn exciting things – Not many people know about the stars at night, how to sail a dinghy or make a sausage stew on a campfire, but you soon will! Scouting helps you learn lots of new and amazing skills – and you get to earn badges and rewards along the way.

1. When can my child join Scouting? – Starting age for Beavers is usually 6, but we may have a waiting list. Looking ahead, children can join Cubs from around the age of 8 and Scouts from 10 and a half. Explorer Scouting starts at 14 and runs until Scouts are 18.

2. How much does membership cost? – Costs vary between Sections. Subscriptions could be weekly, monthly or termly and some use direct debits. If you’re concerned about the cost, do speak to the leader in confidence; there may be assistance available.

3. How will my child benefit from joining Scouts? – Parents tell us their children benefit hugely from the adventures, fun and friendships they experience. It can help develop your child’s social skills and independence, and give them access to some amazing and memorable opportunities.

1. Do I really have the skills you need? – You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.

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