Beaver Scouts are the youngest section of the Scouting family. Their activities are based around making things, outdoor activities, singing, playing games, going out on visits, investigating nature, listening to stories, learning how to be safe and most importantly, making new friends.
Beavers are aged from 6 to 8 and work in groups called Lodges, a Beaver Scout section is called a Colony.
Cubs is the second section of the Scouting movement, originally started in 1916 for younger brothers who wanted a ‘look-in’. In nearly a century, the section has constantly evolved and adapted its programme and methods to meet the changing needs of each generation of young people, and these days admits girls as well as boys.
Cubs are aged 8 to 10½ and work in groups called sixes, a Cub Scout section is called a Pack.
Scouts are the third section of the Scouting movement. From the first experimental camp for 20 boys in 1907, the movement now has an estimated 28 million members worldwide, and in the UK alone there are over 499,000 boys and girls involved in Scouting. An increase in adult volunteers means that more and more young people are now able to take part in their own big adventure.
Scouts are aged from 10½ to 14 and work in groups called Patrols, a Scout section is called a Troop.
Explorers are the fourth section of the Scouting movement. Right from the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section, and in 1967, Venture Scouts were formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections.
During the late 1990s it was decided that, to meet the changing needs of young people, there should be two sections for the over-14s, the first been the Explorer Scouts for members aged 14 to 18. An Explorer section is called a Unit.
Unlike the three younger sections Explorer Scouts are based at the district level, our local district is Whitby and the section primarily recruits from the Eskmouth, Robin Hoods Bay and Sleights groups. Many Explorers become Young Leaders (YL) and assist section leaders with running the younger sections.
Scout Network is the fifth and final section of the Scouting movement, and was the second of the sections created in the late 1990′s, it accepts members aged 18 to 25.
Network is based at the county level but may be split into smaller groups to accommodate members who live far apart. Scout Network members take part in a variety of activities, which they undertake and organise themselves with the support of a Scout Network Leader.
Many Network leaders become Leaders.