10th Croydon Scout Group

Scout Network

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Scout Network

The purpose of the Scout Network will be: To engage 18-25 year olds in creating and participating in programme opportunities to experience an exciting personal adventure, achieve their full potential and make a positive mark on the world.


The Scout Network Programme

The Scout Network operates entirely outside the scope of our activities, however we thought we should at least include some very basic information, possibly for older siblings of our own members.

The Scout Network programme will be to enable young adults to participate in personal development opportunities at a time and place to suit them. There will be three Programme Areas: Adventure, International and Community. These will be underpinned by themes including Teamwork, Leadership and Life Skills as appropriate.


Participation in the Programme

All Members of The Scout Association aged 18 to 25 will be Members of the Scout Network.

All 18-25 year olds associated with a District will become a member of the District Scout Network. 18-25 year olds can be members of multiple District Networks simultaneously.

All 18-25 year olds who are members of a District Scout Network, as well as those who are not associated with a District, are also automatically members of the UK Scout Network.

If a member of the UK Scout Network takes an appointment within one or more Districts, they will automatically become a member of the District Scout Networks associated with those Districts.

All Members of the Scout Network will be encouraged by the District Scout Network Commissioner and Programme Co-ordinators to form Project Teams to enable them to ‘participate’ in the programme.

Project teams can form at District, County, Country or UK level. Network members can participate in any number of project teams at one time.


Additional Needs

Scouting is open to all young people, regardless of their mental or physical ability. We can usually arrange things to make sure everyone can join in the fun. If you have any questions about accessibility, have a chat with your leader. By being upfront from the start, parents and carers can work in partnership with the colony leaders to make sure their young person has the best experience Scouting can offer.

Many young people will require some special consideration to enable them to fully participate in all Scouting activities. By identifying an individual’s additional need and providing them with appropriate support, we can include more young people in Scouting.

Some additional needs are not immediately obvious (behavioural problems such as ADHD and learning difficulties), these are referred to as hidden disabilities. Scouting provides a range of resources available to help us include young people with particular needs in our Group.

Scout Network Age Range

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As Members of the Scout Network approach 25 years of age, they will be encouraged to consider continuing with or starting new roles in Scouting. This will not preclude them being made aware of other volunteering opportunities in Scouting during their time as a Member of the Scout Network.

All Explorer Scouts will be advised of the options to continue in Scouting as they approach 18 years of age, including adult volunteer roles. They will be made aware that they will become a Member of the District Scout Network automatically in addition to any other roles, so that they maintain the option to participate in the programme and attain awards. At the moment Explorers wishing to be part of Network only (no leadership roles), will need their Network role adding to Compass.

Uniform Recycling Scheme

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The 10th Croydon also operates its own uniform recycling scheme, which is especially popular considering how quickly young people grow. There can also be grants available for parents who need help to buy a uniform, ask your leader for more details.

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The Network Scout Promise

The Network Promise is the same as that made by adults in Scouting. It is a simple way to help young people and adults keep the Fundamentals of Scouting in mind. The Promise is the oath taken by all Members as they commit to sharing the values of Scouting. It is therefore vital that every Member considers the Promise and discusses its meaning before making the Promise and being invested into Scouting. There are a number of variations of the promise to reflect the range of faiths, beliefs and attitudes and nationalities in the UK within Scouting.

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Joining the Network

Scouts in the Network are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme including traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing. The Network programme is supplemented and complemented by events and activities delivered across the District, allowing them the opportunity to socialise and work with other Units.

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Making the Promise

Making the promise is a big celebration within the Unit. Every time a new member decides to join, they talk through their promise with their Unit Leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow members. Family and friends might come along to see this, too. Doing this is called being ‘invested’ into the Scout Network, and it usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in.

Everyone is unique but there are some things all Network Members agree on – such as treating everyone with kindness and promising to do their best. Depending on their own beliefs, they might also promise to live by their faith.

Scout Network