Scouts are a go-getting group of young people aged 10 ½ to 14 who:
- Master new skills and try new things
- Make new friends
- Have fun and go on adventures, at home and abroad
- Explore the world around them
- Help others and make a difference, in their own communities and beyond
Week in and week out, they gather into Scout Troops to conquer the small task of changing the world.
We have two Scout Troops:
Meteor: Mondays - 7:30-9pm
Meteor Troop has made a strong come-back after a Zoom filled lockdown, with many sessions held over the Easter 2021 holidays to make up for lost time face-to-face.
This has included fire lighting (and cooking), games, cycling, and hikes around the local area – including a night hike between Hartley Wintney and Odiham!
The summer term has been packed with activities including bike rides and maintenance, water games, and more hikes!
Typhoon: Thursday - 7.30-9pm
Typhoon Troop have started regular expeditions – so far in the Surrey Hills and the New Forest, with more planned!
The Troop has visited Nuclear Bunkers, Chalk Mines, and RAF Odiham; and enjoys annual survival camps on top of the activity filled summer camps.
Over lockdown we have had multiple virtual camps, looking to put the skills into use on the (many) camps and hikes planned for the end of COVID restrictions!
The Troop has benefited from having many guest speakers and activity instructors visit during our regular sessions, from wood turning and beekeeping to emergency rescue and model crafting.
Our summer term is packed with great activities – bike maintenance and challenges, water games, wild swimming, and seeing how creative the Scouts can get with a short Dungeons and Dragons adventure (with help from one of our local Explorer Units)
Meteor is a standard Scout troop and Typhoon an Air Scout troop . 75% of the programme is the same for both troops and they often meet together for events outside of the regular programme.
What do Scouts do?
The Scout section aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative. It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips.
Scouts are encouraged to work together and take the lead on all sorts of projects, from community based work to planning games and activities for their meetings.
Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.
Our Scout Troops
Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme including traditional Scouting skills, such as pioneering, navigation, survival, and cooking, as well as more modern activities, from digital art to astronautics.
Active participation rather than meeting set standards or just turning up is the key approach, and there are plenty of badges and awards that Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.
How are Air Scouts different to Scouts?
Being an Air Scout offers the same opportunity as standard Scouts such as climbing, camping, hiking, cycling, earning badges and awards, discovering the outdoors, making lots of good friends and enjoying adventures with them.
In addition, Air Scouts will visit airfields, learn about aircrafts, attend air shows and get on board a variety of aircraft.
The programme won’t be just for the technically minded and will appeal to all Scouts.
The main camp of the year is typically an activity filled week in the summer holidays. We also usually go on weekend camps during the spring, autumn and/or winter. Camping is great fun, fosters team spirit, trains Scouts to accept responsibility and encourages self-discipline.
These camps are a fantastic opportunity to put the skills taught in the weekly programme to use and to try out new activities typically outside what can be done in a single evening.
Badges and Awards
Scouts have the most options for badges of all the sections – there is something for everyone, and all the assistance a Scout could need is available from our leaders. Are you a budding Master at Arms, or a Meteorologist enthusiast? Perhaps an avid Model Maker or Scientist? From Electronics to Camping, Circus Skills to Dragon Boating, Scouts really does have it all!
The ultimate goal for every Troop is to give each Scout the opportunity to earn the Chief Scout’s Gold Award.
This is the highest award a Scout can earn. To complete it, you need to complete all nine of the Challenge Awards, plus six Activity badges of your choice.
This Scout HQ page gives the placement template for all of the uniform badges for Scouts.
Badge Sewing support
Jackie Cheeseman, a grandparent of a former scout in our Group, will sew badges onto beaver and cub jumpers and scout and leader shirts. She charges 50p per badge and very generously donates all she raises to our Group. Simply arrange to take her the garment and badges and Jackie will let you know when they are ready, and pay cash on collection. Please contact us to make initial contact with Jackie if you don’t know her phone number and address. She sews badges for any child or leader in any scout group, brownie or guide unit, indeed anybody. Spread the word!
The Scout Law and Promise
Scouts are expected to learn both the Scout Promise and Scout Law, and follow them in their day-to-day life. It’s not always easy but is very worthwhile!
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 his time and is careful of possessions and property
- A Scout has self-respect and respect for others
What do Scouts wear?
Uniform consists of a green shirt for standard Scouts or a pale blue one for Air Scouts. This is worn with navy blue trousers in the winter and with the option for navy blue shorts in the summer. There is also a Scout belt.
These items should be purchased from our district shop in Crondall, as the small amount of profit goes back into local scouting, and can be worn immediately. The shop is open Saturday mornings 10am-12pm during term time. After about five weeks, new joiners are invested at a formal ceremony and the gold and scarlet group scarf, woggle and badges are presented.
A gold Group T-shirt is available from our T-shirt distributor, and is often worn in place of the Scout shirt in warm weather or instead of the formal uniform during games or outdoor activities. Please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to buy one.
Certain activities, such as hiking, require specific clothing and equipment. This will be advised in advance. If Scouts forget to bring this to the activity they are unlikely to be able to take part.