Introduction to Scouts
Scouts are generally aged between 10½ and 14 years old. There is some flexibility in this core age range: young people can join from between age 10 and 11, and can move to Explorers between ages 10 up to 14 ½ years old. Scouting can even extend this, for example due to a young person’s additional needs and or a disability.
Scouts are the oldest Section we run at the 10th Croydon, and generally meet for two hours a week on Friday Evenings. They enjoy all that Scouting has to offer; with plenty of outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, explore their local community and experience the excitement of Camps and sleepovers with their friends.
Going to Scouts is very different from going to school. Instead of learning from books, Scouts are encouraged to understand the world by exploring, doing and through games.
The most important skills Scouts learn are the ones that will make independent and enable them to stand on their own two feet. We call these character skills. They include things like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead on something without being asked. It’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.
Scouts work as a team to help other people, in their local communities and beyond. Whether they’re changing the whole world or helping a friend try something new, they always lend a hand.
The Scout Troop
The Scout Troop is the oldest section of any Scout Group. A Scout Troop is organised into smaller groups called Patrols. There are normally 6 Scouts in a Patrol. The Patrol is led by a Scout called a Patrol Leader, who is assisted in his duties by an Assistant Patrol Leader.
The Scout Patrols can be used in a number of ways to facilitate the organisation of the Scout Troop. They may provide a ‘home’ area for Scouts to gather at points before, during or after the meeting. Given sufficient demand (and helpers) we can have more than one Troop, if it is appropriate to do this.
When Scouts go camping they camp in their Patrols usually as self contained units. Whatever Scouts do they are guaranteed plenty of adventures on their doorstop, being a Scout is all about making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are. Being a Scout is not what you do, it's who you are.
Scouts enjoy all that Scouting has to offer. during their time in Scouts young people get a chance to try a wide range of different activities and there is a range of badges and challenge awards that Scouts can gain in recognition of their achievements.
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.