Scouts are the third section in the Scouting family following on from Beavers and Cubs. Scouts are young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.

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.

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.

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.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.

The Scout Promise

The Scout Motto
“Be prepared”

Have a look what Scouts think:


Scouts wear a teal green shirt or blouse, navy blue activity trousers or skirt, a group scarf with a woggle, and sometimes a Scout belt. For details of where to purchase the uniform, please see our FAQ.


There is a range of badges and awards available to young people in the Scout Section from Activity badges, Challenge badges and Core badges. If you want to read more about the different badges and the requirements to achieve them, you can find them on the Scout Association website here.

The diagram below shows where to sew on the badges when they are presented. Click on it for a larger image.