Some basic information to help you understand Scouts

From a National perspective, Scouting is divided into counties, which are then sub divided into districts. Within the districts there are  usually a number Scout Groups. Each Group has a Group Scout Leader, Executive Committee, Leaders and assistant leaders, dependant upon which sections are hosted by the Group.

What is a Scout Group?

A Scout Group serves a geographic area of the District (e.g. Orford, Padgate etc,)

What is a Troop?

A troop is the term used to describe the Scout section of a Group, a Group may have more than one Troop.

What is a Patrol?

The Troop is sub-divided into Patrols, each patrol has a Patrol Leaders and an Assistant Patrol Leaders there are normally 6 Scouts in a patrol

What Does the Necker signify?

Each Group has a unique necker (also known as a scarf) and so the necker helps to identify which Group a Scout belongs to.

How old do you have to be to be a Scout?

A Scout is usually aged between 10½ to 14 years old

 As an adult Leader, how can I help with training young leaders?

See our Young Leader Training section


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