Scouts at 2/249th Manchester are young people aged 10 ½ to 14 who meet each Wednesday during school term time. Scouts is the third step in your young persons adventure, but don’t worry if you’ve not joined before, everyone is welcome.
What do we do?
Scouts is all about discovering the world around them. Scout make more decisions and help round the section completing the activities and badges they want to do. A scout group in known as a Troop and in small groups known as Patrols. Each patrol has a “Patrol Leader” and “Assistant Patrol Leader” who help the patrol work together as a team to complete challenges and activities.
What’s different to Cubs and Beavers?
Not only has the young person got older, but now is understanding the world around them and making decisions which will influence them growing up. Scouts allows the young person to try out different activities, build friendships, work as a team and stand up for what they believe in. The scout promise is important to our members as it guides them into adulthood with core values and a positive ethos.
Making a promise when you join the Troop is a way of celebrating these values. Every time a new Scout decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Scouts.
The process usually takes place once the young person had a few weeks to settle in, and is known as being ‘invested’ into Scouts. Normally parents do not say, but you can, or of cause you could offer your skill set to help out as a leader
Scouts is about going bigger! Both Beavers and Cubs go camping, but scouts go further and for a longer. We’ve been for week camps to the lake district, Scotland and Switzerland (Well would have done if it wasn’t for Covid). Our scouts also take part in a number of local events such as Pike view hike where the scouts set off by themselves to complete a route completing challenges along the way. We even won the competition in 2019, can you keep the trophy in Manchester?
Yes we go on hikes, but sometimes there is a twist, hikes around chip shops to choose the best chip shop in the area is always a favourite of the scouts, wonder why!
As with Beavers and Cubs, badges can be gained by completing different tasks, join in events and head out on camps. Some of the badges gain in Beavers and Cubs can be brought into scouts. With over 70 activity badges, 9 challenges badges and a Chief Scout Gold award to achieve the scouts really can gain skills for life!
Life after 14!
When you have reached the age of 14, the scout moves on to Explores. At 2nd/249th Manchester, we do not have an explorer unit, but we do work closely with “The Chorlton Bees” Explorer. We’ll sort out moving up, but you’ll always be part of 2nd/249th Manchester. You could always volunteer to be a Young Leader.