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Youth programme

Youth Programme

As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life. We encourage young people to do more, learn more and be more. Why not get involved today!

Youth programme

Beaver Scouts (6-8)

Beaver Scouts are young people usually aged between six and eight years old.

They belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday. They can move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, between eight and eight years six months.

Easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts, Beaver Scouts enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits and helping others. They usually meet together once a week in a Beaver Scout Colony.

Some Beaver Scout Colonies also organise Sleepovers. These are often the first time a young person spends a night away from home. They take place in suitable buildings, often Scout centres.

Laura Dyer
Assistant County Commissioner (Beaver Scouts)

Cub Scouts (8-10.5)

There are loads of fun things that you can do as a Cub Scout.

You will get a chance to try lots of different activities like swimming, music, exploring, computing and collecting. If you do them properly you will get a badge which you can wear on your uniform.

Cub Scouts also get to go on trips and days out, to places like the zoo, theme parks or a farm. Sometimes you will be able to go camping with the rest of your Pack. This will mean you sleeping in a tent and doing loads of outdoor activities.

Pam Owen
Assistant County Commissioner (Cub Scouts)

Scouts (10.5-14)

The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10.5 and 14 years.

A young person can come in to the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 14.5 years old. The Scout Troop is the third and final Section in the Scout Group.

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

Sea and Air Scouting

Sea Scouting and Air Scouting are branches of Scouting, not separate organisations which have a aeronautical or nautical twist to the programme and activities. Many Troops meet more than once a week in the summer period and the additional meetings are used to develop skills and provide training. It is not training for the a Air Force or Navy career, although it can be very useful for young people who are so interested.

Luke Morby
Interim Assistant County Commissioner (Scouts)

Explorer Scouts (14-18)

Explorer Scouts are young people aged between 14 and their 18th birthday.

Explorers are proud to be the fourth section of the Scout family. Cheshire currently hosts over 900 Explorer Scouts in over 45 units in Cheshire who have gained some incredible life-shaping experiences through scouting. By following an inclusive and youth-led programme, Explorers are encouraged to challenge themselves to do their best whilst at the same time feeling able to be themselves through an exciting time of their lives.

Explorers are often very active and mostly outdoors, discovering new and adventurous activities. Their programme is encouraged to be self-led and as an Explorer Scout, there are exciting international opportunities available like participating in the Jamborees, achieving top national awards, developing leadership skills and creating your own programme.

To discover more about Cheshire Explorer Scouts, click the button below.

Graham Proctor
Assistant County Commissioner
(Explorer Scouts)
Cheshire, UK

Scout Network (18-25)

If you’re 18 to 25 and still want to enjoy your Scouting you can by joining Scout Network.

As a Scout Network Member you get to take part in all the usual great Scouting activities such as kayaking, climbing, orienteering… as well as work on projects helping to support you local community.

Scout Network can give you the opportunity to gain the many awards and qualification made available to you like Queens Scout Award and Explorer Belt to name just a couple.

You can also, if you choose, get more closely involved in working with the younger Sections and providing them with the same kind of opportunities you’ve had through Scouting.

Scout Network allows 18 to 25 year-olds who have an interest in both Scouting and their own personal development, and ultimately want to have fun, the opportunity to do so.


Scout Network members take part in a variety of activities, which they undertake and organise themselves with the support of a Scout Network Leader.

Example activities include:

Abseiling, award work, bowling, camping, circus skills, climbing, cooking, games, go-karting, gorge walking, hiking, pioneering, shooting and watersports.


Young adults aged between 18 and 25 are eligible to register as Scout Network members, subject to a satisfactory criminal records check.

To find details of your nearest Scout Network, simple complete our Appy now form, or click the ‘How to join’ link to begin the process of joining. For more information contact the Scout Network Administrator

To be a member of Scout Network you must also have a criminal records check, to get a CRB you simply need to complete an Occasional Help Form and return it to the County Admin

Ian Turnbull
Assistant County Commissioner (Network)

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls