Scouts, for young people aged 10½ to 14, aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative.
It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips.
We have two Scout Troops. Some will have been Beaver and Cub Scouts before joining the Scout Troop and we also welcome those who are new to Scouting.
The ‘Trojan Troop’ meets on Tuesday and the ‘Viking Troop’ meets on Wednesday evenings at Pepperpots during school term weeks. Scouts are encouraged to become involved in the planning and development of their own programme. A patrol system is operated within the section – new scouts begin as a member of a patrol and progress to Assistant Patrol Leader and Patrol leader, taking an increasingly active role in the organisation and leadership of the Troop.
Activities include camping, conservation, backwoods cooking, pioneering, map reading, climbing, day and night hikes and both troops take part in District and County activities and events based at our own Pepperpots site. Participation badges are awarded for annual membership and there are various challenge awards for achievements and many activity badges in the Scout section. Those who stay with their Troop and earn a series of challenge badges become eligible to receive the ‘Chief Scout Gold Award’ – the highest award for scouts.