Scouts are at the age where they can experience the true adventure that scouting has to offer.
Scouts is the third section in the scouting family, and is typically seen as the original section. Scouts are typically 10.5-14yrs old.
It’s at this age that the range of activities available expands – from arts and crafts to jumping off cliffs, climbing, sailing, hiking, raft building and many more!
As an active scout troop, we get up to all sorts of exciting and adventurous activities, both in our regular meetings and on camps and visits.
Your Investiture is a ceremony where you officially become a Scout. All of the Leaders and the other Scouts in your Troop will be at your Investiture. You can also invite your family and some friends along if you want to.
Promise, Law and Motto
To become a Scout you will make the promise in front of the Troop. Before you do this, you need to learn about the Scout Law. The Scout Law is a few rules that we ask Scouts to try to keep.
Scout Promise*: “On my honour I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Scout Law”
A Scout is to be trusted
A Scout is loyal
A Scout is friendly and considerate
A Scout belongs to the world wide family of Scouts
A Scout has courage in all difficulties
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others
Scout Motto: “To Be Prepared”
*For different religious beliefs or for foreign nationals living in the UK there are alternate promises.
The Scout Handshake
The tradition was started by Lord Robert Baden-Powell. When he was a soldier in Africa, he saw lots of tribal chiefs who carried spears and shields. He noticed that it was a sign of great trust to offer your left hand when shaking hands. This was because you had to put down your shield, and leave the other person holding their spear.
The Scout Salute
The Scout Salute is made with the right hand. It is used during the opening ceremony on Colony night and also at other special times – such as when you are presented with a badge.
The Scout Sign
The Scout Sign is made the same as the salute except that you hold your right hand at shoulder height instead of putting it up to you head. It is used when you make your promise during your investiture and whenever you are renewing your promise.
The badges below will be awarded for you at your investiture to sew onto your uniform.
The Group Scarf
Every Scout Group has a scarf in its own special colours. Our scarf is maroon, with a gold and black border. The troop is split into different patrols and you will be identified by a badge which you'll receive at your investiture.
Moving onto Explorers
When moving on from the Scout Troop to Explorers you will need to transfer several badges onto the new uniform before investiture. Many Scouts will transfer all their other badges to a camp blanket. Some Scouts wish to keep their uniform with all the badges they’ve earned on them. If so, you may purchase these badges again.