The Five Sections
At whatever age, a young person in the Movement is a ‘Scout’.
The training Program spans a 5-25 age range, divided up into five Sections. Each Section has its own identity, ethos and style. They all have adult support which varies in style in the different age groups.
- A Beaver Scout Colony has members aged between 5 and 7
- A Cub Scout Pack has members aged 8 - 10½.
- A Scout Troop is for young people aged from 10½ - 14 years.
- A Venturer Company is for young people aged from 14 – 18
- The Junior Leader Corp is for the senior scouts and Venture scouts from 14 and older being seconded to different Sections to help and to learn about leadership skills to prepare as future leaders.
The 34th St George’s Scout Group offers the following sections: Beaver, Cub, Scout, and the Ventures.
The Purpose of Scouting
The Scout Association has a clear purpose:
To help young people achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as Members of their local, national and international communities.
Even if we can’t solve all the problems in the world, we can help to make it a better place. We do this by helping young people to develop as active members of the community.
Scouting makes a positive contribution to society by helping young people to develop as active members of the community:
- who are self reliant
- who are caring
- who are responsible
- who show commitment.
Scouting works well when young people enjoy learning by doing in partnership with adults. They do this by:
- taking part in a variety of activities and new experiences
- exploring the outdoors
- participating in teams
- taking responsibility for themselves and others.
Our method for giving young people the opportunity to learn by doing is called the Program. The Program is a seamless progression of training, activities and awards that covers everything that young people do in Scouting from the ages of 5 to 25.
The Program involves helping young people to grow in six Personal Development Areas, these are:
- Faiths and Beliefs
All adults in Scouting have a responsibility to make sure that the Program is fun and exciting. We must also make sure that it is safe. The Scout Association’s policies, rules, code of behaviour, advice on Child Protection and safety policy are there to help adults make sure the young people in their care stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn. There are special training and requirements to take young people on nights away, and to lead adventurous activities such as mountaineering and water activities.
The Scout Group
The Scout Group is where Scouting happens locally for the Sections. Scout Groups are the bases for the 'family' of Scouting for those aged 5 to 18. Younger Members are able to feel confident and happy about moving through the Sections at this local level. It is within this framework of the Scout Group that the Law and Promise are fulfilled. The Group also provides a secure base for the development of the individual young person.
Scout Groups work because they offer a close level of support for the young people in their care. They know the community and the needs of its young people.
When a young person joins a Section their parents are usually expected to:
- support the young person
- show interest and support the Section's activities
- support the local Group in fundraising, social activities, offers of skills and other help, where appropriate.
What makes Scout Groups successful is their ability to:
- deliver enjoyable high quality Programs for young people
- focus on the fun and friendship that Scouting brings
- involve parents/carers
- respond to local needs
- be positive and progressive.
Ideally, the Group will be lead by a Group Scout Leader (GSL) who will make every effort to ensure that each Section in the Group has an adequate leadership team. They will also ensure that the development of the young people is co-ordinated throughout their progress in Scouting. An essential part of this process is support to all of the adults who are involved in Scouting.
The GSL is helped by those adults who work directly with the young people and by the Group Committee. The Chairperson leads the Group Executive Committee, which provides support to the Group through administration, fundraising and a very wide range of support activities. Once a year the Group must hold an Annual General Meeting of the Group Council (including of all adults connected to the Group). The AGM reports on the year’s events and elections of the Group’s Officers and Executive will take place. This provides a forum for comment and future planning.
Fundraising is an important part of the Group’s activity as money will be necessary for:
- maintenance and repair of the Group Headquarters
- equipment for camping and expeditions
- events - activities and outings
- training of Leaders
- day to day activities - indoor and out
- administration and insurance cover
The Group should be an integral part of the community that it serves, both providing help to the community and receiving support from the community to carry out its work with young people.