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Age Ranges

Beaver Scouts (6-8 year olds)

Beaver Scouts are boys and girls aged between six and eight.   They meet in ‘Colonies’ – clubs that are different from school or their immediate family.

Cub Scouts (8-10 year olds)

Cub Scouts are girls and boys who join the Section aged eight and move on to the Scout Troop between the ages of ten and eleven.  They meet together in a Cub Scout Pack, which usually has between 6 and 36 members.

Scouts (10-14 year olds)

Scouts are usually aged between about ten and a half and fourteen years old.   The Scout Troop has traditionally been based on the ‘Patrol system’.  This involves small groups of young people working and playing together in a gang; usually led by someone of a similar age, and supported and guided by adults.

Explorer Scouts (14-18 year olds)

Explorer Scouts are usually aged between 14 and 18 years old.  However, just as with the other Sections, we recognise that individual young people’s needs are different – so there is some flexibility in the minimum and maximum ages.  Explorer Scouting is designed to be flexible, in order to meet the physical, intellectual and social needs of the age group.

Scout Network (18-25 year olds)

The Scout Network is very different from the other Sections.  Aimed at young people aged between 18 and 25, it is run by its members for its members.    All members of the Scout Association within the age range are automatically members of the Network, whatever role they play in Scouting.

How to join Scouting

To enrol your child in Scouting, or enquire about volunteering, complete the online enquiry form at www.scouts.org.uk/join and someone will be in touch with you.

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