Scouts (10½-14 year olds)
The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years. A young person can come in to the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 14½ years old. The Scout Troop is the third and final Section in the Scout Group. After 14 young people move on to Explorer Scouts which is Distict based. For details of the Worcester Explorer Scout Units look at the Links page.
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. 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 both the traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking as well as the wide range of adventurous activities, anything from abseiling to yachting.
The international aspect gives Scouting a special appeal and many Scouts now travel abroad during their time in the Section. In 2002/3 25,000 Scouts from around the World attended the World Jamboree in Thailand. Even more attended the World Jamboree in The United Kingdom in 2007. This was for Scouts and Explorer Scouts between the ages of 14 and 18 and provided a fantastic opportunity for young people, from different parts of Europe, to share a unique experience.
Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.