Cubs move up to Scouts in a short moving ceremony known as “The Howl”. The Scout section is for young people aged between 10½ to 14½ years and aims to build and develop confidence, a sense of adventure and outdoor skills as well as encouraging them to explore their attitudes and beliefs and be creative. Scouts are encouraged to work together and take the lead on all sorts of projects.
Scouts meet on a Wednesday evening from 6:45pm – 8:45pm. Scouts wear the blue Air Scouting shirt with a beret and the HGAS blue Group necker. They can also wear a belt with the Scout motif as the buckle.
The Scout leader is Chris Dufty, assisted by Assistant Scout Leader Sonia Biggs. The Scout Troop is divided into Patrols with around 7 scouts, each headed up by an older scout as the Patrol Leader and sometimes with an Assistant Patrol Leader: Merlin, Kestrel, Hawk, Falcon and Eagle.
Scouts are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities, including traditional scouting skills such as camping, survival and cooking to a wider range of activities such as white water rafting, zip wire and tobogganing. They make good use of the Hut rifle range and archery facilities. They continue to participate in flying activities as part of an active Air Scout group.
Scouts are awarded Challenge and Activity badges based on their achievements and the ultimate goal is their Chief Scouts Gold Award. Challenge and Activity badges are awarded throughout the year.
Scouts also take part in our camps, usually at Blackwell Adventure in Bromsgrove although we do occasionally camp at the Scout Camp in Kinver where Scouts camp for two nights in tents. Scouts are also involved in smaller camping experiences that are not attended by the younger members of the group.