“The Aim of Scouting is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.”

So it’s not just badges and stuff then?

All Scout sections offer a flexible training scheme in the form of badges to track the progress of the Scouts and to give a feeling of achievement. They obviously vary from section to section, but the Challenges and Chief Scout Award badges are designed to provide the main, basic activities and training to be completed and cover the basics of all types of activities. Proficiency badges provide the option to take a certain activity or hobby in greater detail. More importantly they provide some recognition for taking part in an active, varied programme which is loads of fun!

Scouting is not just about schemes, awards and badges. The games and adventurous activities are very important to Scouting, not just because they are enjoyable, but because they are also important in the young persons development. Scouting in the UK is firmly committed to coeducation so boys and girls can meet the aims of Scouting through one programme.


Beavers are age 6-8 and meet at Handsworth on a Tuesday evening- 5:00 – 6:30pm

In the UK, Beaver Scouts wear a simple uniform consisting of a turquoise sweatshirt and Group Scarf.

Their bright, colourful identity reflects their aim of ‘fun and friends’ and a positive experience at this stage often encourages young people to continue their journey through Scouting.

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Cubs are aged 8-10½ and meet at Handsworth on a Tuesday evening- 6:30 – 8:00pm

Easily distinguished by their dark green sweatshirt and Group Scarf, they form the largest Section of Scouting in the UK.

Camps and weekends away with the Group form new and exciting experiences for Cubs.

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Scouts are aged 10½-14 and meet at Handsworth on a Monday evening- 7:00 – 9:00pm

Scouting is for boys and girls who want to make friends and develop their widening interests in ways that are both educational and fun. It is ideal for young people who want a break from the usual after school routine of homework, games and TV.

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Explorers are aged 14-18 and meet at Handsworth on a Wednesday evening- 7:00 – 9:00pm

Given their relative maturity and links with the district they may be involved in international events, crew and event organisation and Expeditions without adult supervision.

They also form a vital link towards our next generation of Leaders via the Young Leader scheme.

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Network are aged 18-25- our Network team works in partnership with our sister group at Gleadless. We meet alternately at both Gleadless and Handsworth sites on a regular basis

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Adult Volunteers are aged 18+ and volunteer what time they can, whether it be every week or one or two times a year!

Successful Scouting depends on the quality, commitment and enthusiasm of its adult leadership – volunteers who freely give their time to help the development of young people. All Leaders are required to undertake training to equip themselves for their roles and the Movement’s training programme has become recognised by professional trainers as one of the best of its kind.

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