How To Join The Movement

There is 4 main steps to joining Scouting:

 

1. Find out which section you/your child would be eligible to join.

Beavers is for boys and girls aged between 6-8

Cubs is for boys and girls aged between 8-10½

Scouts is for boys and girls aged between 10½-14½

Explorers is for boys and girls between 14-18

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2. Find what group is right for you

On the ‘Our Groups’ page, you will see all of the 8 groups we have in the district. There is 3 main different types of Scout group:

– Land Scouts

– Air Scouts

– Sea Scouts

All groups do similar Scouting activities like camping, hiking, fire lighting, and all of the different things you would expect.

The difference is that:

Air Scouts include things such as camping on air fields and RAF air bases, flying in powered aircraft, gliders and helicopters, and even having a go at flying yourself! In addition to doing the ‘Aviation’ badges available.

Sea Scouts is similar, and they often stay on Navy ships, do a lot of water activities like canoeing, and do the ‘Nautical’ badges available.

We are lucky enough to have an Air Scout and Sea Scout group in the district- the Air Scout group is the only RAF Recognised one in Suffolk and our Sea Scout Group is RN Recognised too.

You also need to consider:

– Location of the group

– Meeting times and days

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3. Once you have picked your group, you need to contact them using the details on the ‘Our Groups’ page.

The section leader will then contact you to arrange a trial period, which means you would go along to the colony/pack/troop nights and other and activities ran to see if you enjoy it

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4. Once you have a trial period, and you decide you like it…

You will then be enrolled into the section and be a full member of the Scout Association