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Scouts

Scouts in PencaitlandThe Scout movement has a long tradition and connection with Pencaitland and the surrounding area. It was one of the first Scout troops to have girls join it in the 1980s. Unfortunately Scouts lapsed at the start of the noughties but was subsequently revived by enthusuastic volunteers in 2012.

Currently there are two active sections based in Pencaitland comprising Cubs and Beavers. Plans are also underway to reintroduce a third Scouts section for kids aged 10 to 14. You can find out more bout each section by clicking the links below.

Beaver Scouts: 6 to 8 years

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logo-beaversBeaver Scouting is all about having fun, making friends and learning new skills. Young people start to gain some independence while trying out many different activities and experiencing new adventures. The fun includes going on visits, making things, playing games and exploring the world around them.

Beavers follow a Balanced Programme, earning Challenge Awards and Activity Badges, but the most important parts are joining in and trying their best.

Boys and girls aged 6 or 7 can become a Beaver Scouts and, around the time of their 8th birthday, Beavers ‘swim up’ to Cubs to continue on their path through Scouting.

Cub Scouts – 8 to 10 1/2

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logo-cubsCub Scouts get the chance to try lots of different activities such as games, badge work, sports and practical skills like cooking.

Cubs follow a Balanced Programme of activities which gives them a chance to try new things, work with other people, explore the world around them and develop personal skills. Cubs also get the change to go on all sorts of outings including day trips and longer trips such as summer camps.

The Cub Scouts Scottish Challenge Badge aims to increase the awareness among Cub Scouts of their Scottish heritage though a variety of activities under six headings: Community, Fitness, Creative, Global, Outdoor and Adventure, and Beliefs and Attitudes.

The core age range of the Cub Scout Section is from 8 to 10 1/2 years, although young people may remain in the Pack until their 11th birthday before moving on to Scouts.

Scouts – 10 1/2 to 14

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logo-scoutsScouts take part in a Balanced Programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit and helps develop their creative talents.

It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. The emphasis is on taking part and there are a number of badges and awards Scouts can work towards to recognise their commitment and achievements.

Being outdoors is important in the Scout Section and half the Programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills such as camping, survival and cooking as well as a wide range of adventurous activities, which can include anything from abseiling to yachting.

The chance to take part in international travel is also important for Scouts and many travel abroad during their time in the Section.

In Scotland, Scouts can work towards achieving the Zodiac Award. This award provides increased opportunities for Scouts to enjoy Nights Away experiences and provides some extra fun challenges into the Scout Section Programme, such as camping above 2000 feet or at 0 degrees or below.

Young people may stay in the Scout Section until the age of 14 1/2 at the latest before moving on to Explorer Scouts.