Chief Scout's Message


Your child is now one of the 31 million young people from all over the world who enjoy the fun, friendship and adventure that is Scouting.

Scouting is all about giving young people the chance to have something they all have a right to – adventure.
This could be trying out a new activity, a first night at camp or achieving a top Scouting award.  Whatever it is, everyday adventure is at the heart of what we do.

But, Scouting is about much more that the outdoors.  We deliver a balanced of opportunities to our young people, and award winning training for our adults.

It’s open to everyone aged 6-25, regardless of gender, faith or background.  As Chief Scout, I’ve met some of the most inspiring young people ever - I’m proud of the largest youth movement in the world and I know your child will be too.

Scouting continues to open young people’s eyes to a world of extra ordinary promises and possibilities.
Welcome to the adventure.

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout

More online: The Scout Association

A journey of adventure
There are 400,000 young people in Scouting spread across five age ranges: beaver scouts, cub scouts, scouts, explorer scouts and scout network.  Each age range has its own balanced programme of activities, badges and awards.  Over 100,000 adult volunteers deliver this.

‘Scouts’ is a generic word to describe anyone in the Movement, but for convenience is broken down into small groups as follows:

Beavers 6-8
Beaver Scouts are our youngest members.  They usually meet at a weekly Colony meeting to take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with outdoor activities. They will also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of camps and sleepovers.  It may be the first time they spend a night away from home so it’s a real adventure for them. Beavers are divided into small groups called Lodges.

Cubs 8-10½
A Cub Scout Pack can have up to 36 Cub Scouts and is split into smaller groups called sixes. Cub Scouts take part in a range of activities designed to be interesting and to challenge them.  A Cub Scout meeting consists of games and activities with plenty of time spent outdoors. Camps and holidays are some of the most memorable events of the year for Cubs.

Scouts 10½-14
Each Scout Troop consists of small units of Scouts called a Patrol, usually led by a Patrol Leader. Outdoor activities feature prominently in the Scout Troop, with the high-light being camping.  Through-out the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for camp. Rock climbing, Pot-holing, gliding, photography and international activities are just some of the things they can get up to.

Explorers 14-18
Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from the Leaders.  The section also includes the Young Leader’s Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.  There is a wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.

Network 18-25
The Scout network is a group who meet in a Scout County or District and have an interest in both Scouting and their own personal development.  They lead and organise their own activities.  Members will become specialists in activities, take part in expeditions and major community projects and take part in schemes like the Queen’s Scout and Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Leaders 18+
The adult leadership team is made up of dedicated volunteers.  They are people who make scouting happen near you.  For most of the week, they are just like you, going about their work, but on Colony, Pack and Troop nights are the heart and soul of the Scout Group and of what Scouting is all about.

Scout Group
This may consist of all or some: Beaver Colony, Cub Pack and Scout Troop.  We are the 2nd Maryport Scout Group and we have been a registered group for 75 years old in 2014, however, Scouts from Maryport took part in Coast Watching in the Great War from 1914-1918.

Scout District
All the local Scout Groups form a District, which is organised in a geographical area.  This means your child gets the opportunity to take part in District events and meet hundreds of new scouts.  Our District is called Solway Derwent District.

Scout County
Districts form together to form a County.  This gives young people the opportunity to meet with several thousands of Scouts in the County area.  Our County is called Cumbria County Scouts.

All over the UK, parents are helping out at their local Scout Group.  Maybe you could come along to a meeting and make the drinks, sharpen the pencils or help put the furniture away, put the dustbin out once a week to be emptied? What-ever it is, Leaders will be glad of the help and to see you and you will enjoy yourselves!

 The benefits of Scouting

Over 400,000 young people enjoy Scouting every week in cities, towns and villages in all parts of the UK.

What we do        
We believe that young people learn by doing and therefore offer an exciting programme of activities to develop your child’s potential

·        Physically
·        Intellectually
·        Socially
·        Spiritually

For Beavers, this could be the first time abseiling.  For Cubs, it could be their first week-long camp and for Scouts it might be an International trip.

Once your child gets to Explorers, they may have the opportunity to get involved in speaking up for themselves and their community, as well as accessing international opportunities.

Our activity badge programme combines traditional outdoor pursuits, such as climbing, camping, business skills, hiking and canoeing with topics as varied as martial arts, healthy eating, business skills and IT.

How it works
Your child will be able to take part in activities in and away from their usual meeting place (Scott House), as well as earn badges and take part in community projects.  Every group runs slightly differently but what is guaranteed is that your child will enjoy exciting activities that will help them grow in confidence and develop into active citizens.

 History of Scouts

Over 100 years of adventure ………………

Scouting was started in 1907 by Lord Robert Baden-Powell.  His book ‘Scouting for Boys’ established the principles upon which Scouting is based.  Those core values remain, and along the way Scouting has evolved into a modern, forward-looking force for good.

Today, the purpose of Scouting is to contribute to the development of young people.  We help them achieve their full potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

The impact of Scouting 
Don’t just take our word for it. An independent study of Scouting’s impact  on young people and volunteers high-lights how ‘Scouting delivers real benefits to our members through the activities we run and the way that we run them’.

The study had 3 clear findings:

1.  Scouting provides a unique package of interrelated benefits: having fun, building         relationships, taking part in activities as well as the opportunity to contribute to the community.
2. Scouting develops the leaders of today and tomorrow.  External organisations said that staff who had been involved in Scouting ‘were above average employees across a range of attributes’
3.  Scouting is an important community resource.

So, by joining Scouting, it’s giving young people the opportunity to be the best they can.  And that’s what we have always done.

‘The real benefit is when your child comes home and says ‘I did that’ and they realise they can do something.  It gives them confidence’.