Scouts (11–14 years of age with option to remain until age 16)
The Scout program emphasizes having fun while encouraging youth to feel good about themselves, their friends and family, God, and the environment. The Scout program helps youth expand their leadership skills and gain self-confidence.
Scouting promotes activities that encourage youth to:
- express and respond to their own spiritual values and beliefs while showing concern for others
- develop self-reliance
- pursue hobbies and personal interests
- develop self-discipline and the skills of working cooperatively with others
- cooperate in setting and achieving small group and personal goals
- practice leadership skills
- relate with adults
- be of service to others
- camp, explore the outdoors, and develop good conservation practices
The Scout program is designed around a lively variety of activities based on personal and group interests. Scouts emphasize outdoor and environmental activities, citizenship and community service, leadership, and personal development. Individual interests and skills are recognized through an awards system.
The outdoors is an essential part of the Scout program. Weekend events, extended hikes, no trace camping and seasonal sports opportunities round out the Scout experience. Developing an active, healthy lifestyle is the prime goal.
Scouts meet in a group called a troop. The troop is split into smaller groups called patrols. There is one leader for every six Scouts. Each Scout learns a promise, law and motto to help guide their personal development.
On my honour
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and the Queen
To help other people at all times,
And to carry out the spirit of the Scout Law.
A Scout is helpful and trustworthy,
kind and cheerful,
considerate and clean,
wise in the use of all resources.