3. How do we Scout?

There are over 10,000 young people involved in Scouting in Berkshire, spread across five age ranges, in sections:

Our programme

Our programme describes the diverse and exciting selection of activities and experiences provided in our youth sections for young people aged 6 to 25 years old. It is based around three main themes: outdoor and adventure, world and skills.

The programme should be delivered in a balanced way that incorporates elements from each theme. The programme is designed to be progressive through the sections to offer young people an appropriate level of challenge.

We can provide lots of support in planning your section’s programme.  In the first instance, your Group Scout Leader and Section leaders will be able to offer guidance, your District team will offer opportunities to share ideas and take part in District events and support for activities within your meetings and your Wood Badge training will also provide you with lots of ideas, resources and peer support.

Badges and Awards

Scouting has a great variety of badges and awards for each section which recognise the efforts of the young people.  The wide range of topics and skills means that every interest can be catered for whilst ensuring young people can try new experiences and learn new skills.   The badge requirements are versatile and can usually be completed in various fun, inventive and interesting ways. They can provide a great basic structure to a section programme and are a great way of motivating the young people to take part and try as many new activities as possible.

Top awards for each section are a culmination of the efforts of young people and the leaders providing a high quality, balanced programme.

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How to get involved

Register interest in volunteering or join our youth programme