For boys and girls aged 10½ to 14

Each Scout Troop consists of small units of six to eight Scouts called a Patrol, usually led by a Patrol Leader. Scouts are expected to work together in their Patrols and manage many of their own activities.

In addition to badge-work, games and fund-raising, outdoor activities feature prominently, with the highlight being camping. They camp for three or four weekends a year, where they must plan and cater for themselves, cooking over open fires.

Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for camp. Rock climbing, pioneering, skating, photography and international experiences are just some of the other things they may also get up to.

The Scout Promise

(for Scouts, Explorer Scouts, the Scout Network and adults)
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.


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

Note: Scouting is open to people of all faiths and of none, and must therefore take account of the different religious obligations of its Members while upholding the essential spirit of the Promise. Where some other form of wording is required for a member of a particular faith or religion, advice will be sought from the Group Scout Leader.

Similarly, it is accepted that foreign residents who may become Members of the Association owe allegiance to their own country. To meet these circumstances the phrase ‘duty to The Queen’ should be replaced by the phrase ‘duty to the country in which I am now living’.