There are a few things that you need to know
Scouting makes a positive contribution to society by helping young people to develop as active members of the community:
Scouting works well when young people enjoy learning by working in partnership with adults. They do this by:
Our method for giving young people the opportunity to learn by doing is called the Programme. The Programme is a continuous progression of training, activities and awards that covers everything that young people do in Scouting from the age of 6 to 25.
In Scouting, our adults have a responsibility to make sure that the Programme is fun and exciting. We must also make sure that it is safe. The Scout Association's policies, rules, code of behaviour, advice on Child Protection and safety policy are there to ensure our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.
Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background. There are also plenty of opportunities for adults to become involved as Leaders, Assistants or Administrators and we are always looking for more help, however small.
The Scout Promise is:
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 is:
The Scout Motto is:
You will be expected to know these by the time that you become invested into the troop.
The philosophy underpinning the programme is that every Scout should participate in a Balanced Programme over a period of time.
In Scouting, the word programme has a wide interpretation. Programme is not just about the activities that Scouts can take part in (almost anything from abseiling to zorbing). It is also how we do these activities (the Methods) and why we do them (values deriving from the Scout Promise). Every time we plan an activity for our Scouts we should also consider how we might organise the activity and why we are doing it.
What we offer to young people in the Scout section is a Balanced Programme; a range of activities, events and experiences build around six Programme Zones.
The Programme is balanced in the same way a diet is balanced, not by precise measurements and timings but by simply ensuring that over a given period (a month or a term for example) that there is something from each zone in the Programme.
Programme Zones split the whole programme into manageable areas. Each Zone represents a different development area in a young person's life. There are six Programme Zones in the Scout Section. They are:
These Zones are delivered using 10 methods, which give the programme variety and range. Sometimes one method will be more suitable than another. On occasions you may use a number of methods within the same activity. The Methods are:
In addition to the Programme Zones and Methods, there is a also a third element to the Balanced Programme. Put simply it identifies what people might expect to see if they walked into a Troop meeting. We need to be aware of it as it very much reflects the experience of being a Scout.