The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years. A young person can come into the Troop at 10½ and may stay until they are 14½ years old. The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs.
Please note that the starting age for Scouts is 6 months after the 10th birthday. The only exception to this is Cubs working towards their moving on award where it is 3 months after their 10th birthday. Cubs should have completed their Chief Scout Silver award before moving up.
Scouts have Scouts wear a teal green shirt or blouse, navy blue activity trousers or skirt, a group scarf with a woggle, and a Scout belt.
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. These badges are gained over the period of time at Scouts and normally part of a badge is covered every evening.
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. In 2015, Scouts and Explorers from 12th Leamington spent a week in Holland exploring the local area as well as participation in a wide range of activities.
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. It is not the leaders who decide the programme, it is the Scouts themselves.
Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life. It is not like school but gives unique life skills.