What are Scouts?
Scouts are young people usually aged between eleven and fourteen years old. They belong to the third section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Scouts from their eleventh birthday either directly or coming up from the Cub Pack. They can move to the next section, Explorer Scouts, at the age of fourteen.
Scouts wear a Teal Green uniform shirt/blouse, Scouts are members of a “Troop” and normally operate in “patrols” with older Scouts becoming “patrol leaders” with added responsibilities. Scouts continue the theme of making friends, working in teams, playing games, going on visits, expeditions and helping others. The Scout Troop usually meets once a week.
Scout troops also organise camping trips usually in tents, extending the adventures of cub camps they may have experienced in the Cub Pack. These camps are usually but not always held at Scout run campsites. There is normally a “Group” camp (joining with Beavers and Cubs) held in July using our Scout Headquarters as a base.
When do Rayne Scouts meet?
We meet on Monday evenings between 7-15p.m. and 9-00pm. (occasionally extended for night time activities). We always meet during school term time. If it’s a school holiday then we don’t meet.
What do we do?
We start and finish each meeting with a short ceremony. Each evening is themed with an activity or a discussion topic and games normally in teams called patrols. In the warmer months we often go outside for walks, explorations or outdoor games. We even venture occasionally in winter going on night hikes, navigating by compass and map, often ending with a sleepover at the HQ. Occasionally, we join other Scouts in the area for swimming galas, sports days and every four years the Essex International Jamboree.
A lot of our activities relate to different proficiency badges that Scouts can attain. Gaining these badges give the Scouts a feeling of accomplishment and pride. By the time they leave us (usually after about two years) they may well qualify for the prestigious Chief Scouts Award (Gold).
CLICK HERE for information about the various Scout badges, many of which can be pursued at home: