1st / 3rd Houghton Regis Scout Group
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What are Scouts and when do they meet?

The Scout section is for young people usually aged between 10½ and 14 years. A young person can join the Troop at ten and stay until they are fourteen. The Scout Troop is the third and final section in the Scout Group. Scouts meet on a Monday evening between 6.30-8.30.

What do Scouts do?

Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. “Participation” rather than meeting set standards is the key approach and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenges, Awards and Activity Badges. Scouts 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

Being outdoors is important and half the programme is given over to taking part in both the traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking as well as the wide range of adventurous activities, anything from abseiling to yachting.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.

When can my child join?

The Scout Section is for young people aged between 10½ and 14 years. There is core flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 10, and can move to Explorers between age 13½ and 14½.

The Scout Promise

“On My Honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people”
And to keep the Scout Law

There are a number of variations of the Scout Promise to reflect the range of faiths, beliefs, attitudes and nationalities in the UK within Scouting. To learn about alternative promises ask your Troop Leader on a Scout night or click here for a downloadable pdf.

The Scout Law

  • A Scout is to be trusted.
  • A Scout is loyal.
  • A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  • A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
  • A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  • A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  • A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

The Scout Motto

Be Prepared

Uniform and Flags

Scouts may wear a teal green shirt or blouse, navy blue activity trousers or skirt, a group scarf with a woggle, and a Scout belt. The Scout flag is dark green, bearing the Scout symbol and Motto.

Badge Positions

The positioning of badges on the Beaver uniform can be found here. Badges can be either Sewn or Ironed on using Badge Fix Glue. We advise that the badges are sewn on as it is more durable and cheaper. We also suggest that the Scouts Sew their own badges on as it counts towards completing a number of tasks for other badges.

Structure and organisation

We have 3 Troop Leaders – Mike, Chas & Tom.

A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.