We aim to offer challenge and adventure to all our members. We believe in helping our young people fulfil their potential by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves. We’re working to make Scouting available to all and we’re passionate about what we do.
Through the adventure of Scouting, young people get to take risks in a safe environment and have their first taste of responsibility. We give young people experiences they’ll never forget. The sort of adventure we offer is the chance to experience something different and the opportunity to challenge.
When a Beaver Scout wakes up the morning after a sleep over, or a Cub Scout has just got over her fear of heights by completing her first abseil – that’s adventure.
All this is made possible by the efforts of our dedicated team of hard working adult volunteers. With award winning training and one-to-one support, we make sure that each one of our volunteers gets to make the best use of their skills and talents.
We have 10 Scout Groups based across the north of Wolverhampton. Most of our Groups have their own Beaver Scout Colony (for ages 6-8), Cub Scout Pack (8-10.5), and Scout Troop (10.5-14). We also have two Explorer Scout Units (14-18) and a District Scout Network (18-25).
Across the District, we offer Scouting for young people aged between 6 and 25, with progression through our Sections.
Beavers is the Section for ages 6 to 8. They play games, do crafts and work towards a total of 45 badges, from Builder to Photographer, Cyclist to Space, working towards the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award, the highest award available to Beavers.
Cubs (8-10.5) is the next step. The Cub programme has a greater focus on leadership and teamwork skills, while working towards up to 61 badges and playing lots of games. Peer leadership takes more of a focus through Sixers and Seconders, developing leadership and teamwork.
Scouts is for those aged between 10.5 and 14. Outdoor activities feature prominently, and throughout the year Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for camp. The Patrol system leads to more focus on Scouting being shaped by young people in partnership with adult volunteers.
Explorers (aged 14-18) take a greater lead and responsibility in their programme. We have two regularly meeting Units in the District, who complete Activity Badges, learn Scouting skills, help with community projects and work on expeditions. Explorer Scouts can also be Young Leaders, developing their leadership ability while working with a younger Section, and being supported through training and missions.
Scout Network is the final youth Section, and meets less regularly than the others. Our District Network supports and organises District Events and the majority of its members are also adult volunteers within our Groups.