Beaver Scouts are our youngest members. Beavers are members of a Beaver Colony within a Scout Group. They usually meet weekly to take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities.
They will also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of camps and sleepovers. It may be the first time they spend a night away from home so it’s a real adventure for them.
The Cub Scout section is the second stage within the Scouting family. Cubs are members of a Cub Scout Pack which is split into smaller groups called Sixes. Each Six has a “Sixer” who is the team leader, and a “Seconder” who is the assistant team leader.
Cubs take part in a wide range of activities designed to be interesting and challenging. A Cub Scout meeting consists of games and activities with plenty of time spent outdoors.
Camps and sleepovers are some of the most memorable events of the year for Cubs.
The Scout section is the third section in the Scouting family. Scouts are members of a Scout Troop within a Scout Group. Each Scout Troop consists of small teams of six to eight Scouts called a Patrol, usually led by a Patrol Leader who is usually one of the older scouts.
Outdoor activities feature prominently in the Scout Programme, with the highlight invariably being camping which, in the summer holidays, can often mean spending a week under canvas. Sometimes Scouts will camp overseas – either visiting an international Scout Centre or attending a mini-Jamboree.
Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for their camps. They also learn a range of survival skills. Other activities within the Scout section can include gliding, rock-climbing, photography and IT related activities.
The section builds on the basic training members receive in the Cub Scout Pack, setting higher challenges and encouraging Scouts to take the initiative in leading some aspects of their programme.
There is an extensive range of Activity badges that Scouts can earn. The range is diverse and Scouts are encouraged to take on new challenges and embark on new adventures when working for these badges.
Our Group has the added advantage of having its own Water Activities Centre on Barton Island and offers a range of specialised Sea Scout activities to members of the Scout Troop
Explorer Scouts are members of an Explorer Scout Unit (ESU). In SW Notts there are five Explorer Units, one of which (Sharman) specialises in training Explorer Scouts as Young Leaders.
At our group we are directly linked with DISCOVERY ESU which specialises in water activities.
Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves. They invariably choose their own programme of activities and the direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.
The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.
Explorer Scouts are encouraged to register and participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
Explorer Scouts can be members of more than one Explorer Unit, enabling them to take on a diverse programme of activities.