Activities are an integral part of Scouting, and what makes it so exciting for the young people involved. From here you should be able to find all the information you need to provide all the activities your young people can manage.

As a starting point we would suggest you look at the A-Z of Activities under Find an activity. This is designed to link you to all the information you need to run any particular activity, and to give you new ideas of activities you could run. The factsheets 'Scout Led Activities Index' and 'Commercially Led Activities Index' also provide much of this information in factsheet format.


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.

Balanced Programme

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 traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.

International Scouting

Its international aspect gives Scouting a special appeal, and many Scouts now travel abroad during their time in the section. In 2007, 40,000 Scouts from around the world attended the World Jamboree in the UK and Scouts regularly participate in international camps and experiences both on home soil and abroad, each of them a unique experience in its own right. In July 2011, Scouts from Warrington East will be attending the World Jamboree in Sweden.


A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.

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

A well balanced programme will allow Scouts to achieve a variety of awards, challenges and other badges. Some of these will be worked for in a group, others will be for the individual to choose to complete. For information on where you badges should go please click here

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Activity Badges

Scout Challenge Awards

Chief Scout's Gold Award
Moving On Award   Other Scout Badges


Group Awards

They are undertaken by a number of Sections working together. For example, the Cub Scout Pack working with the Scout Troop, or the Beaver Scout Colony, Cub Scout Pack, Scout Troop and an Explorer Scout Unit working together.