What We Do
Scouting is all about fun, challenges, adventure and achievement. We are a mixed young person organisation with friendly, caring and dedicated leaders. We change lives by offering our young members (whose ages range from 6 to 18 year of age), and our Rover Sections (from 18 years of age), by providing fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, great adventures, progressive training programmes, and by helping others so that we make a positive impact in communities.
Scouting helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouting develops skills that including teamwork, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, caring for others, faith development, cultural awareness, and of course commitment. We help young people to develop so that they become more useful citizens, gaining greater prospects in achieving their chosen careers, saving lives and even changing the world for better.
What do Scouts do?
Scouting gives young people the opportunity to take part in many exciting and memorable varied activities, with interests for all - whatever their abilities. Activities are as diverse as: camping, wild camping, hiking, kayaking, abseiling, expeditions (both in this country and overseas), climbing, pioneering, photography, arts and crafts, etc. In fact, if you can imagine it, then we probably provide it! In Scouting you can learn survival skills, first aid and rescue, health and safety, nature and the environment, woodcraft, advance personal faiths or even how to fly a plane. All these interesting skills developed at camps or weekly meetings where a great variety of games and fun activities are carried out. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express creativity and experience the wider world.
What do Volunteers do?
These everyday adventure and meeting planning is only possible thanks to our unpaid adult volunteers, who support Scouting in a wide range of roles. These include: working directly with the young members, helping manage a Group, run the various sections, and help develop the youngsters in their formative years. We also help male and female volunteers get the most out of their experiences in Scouting by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and great brotherly friendship in which our Association prides itself.
Our training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouting as do the young members. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering in Scouting, while respecting how much time you can offer. Our volunteers say over and over, that their skills and experiences learned have been very useful in their work or personal life, and like the young members provide great long lasting happy memories.
We consider that Volunteers are not paid - not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
So is it time for you to get involved?
Progressive Training Scheme
Each section has its own progressive training scheme.
The progressive training scheme is a set of skills that are learnt and then are tested against. Should all criteria be passed, then a badge is award that should be sewn on the appropriate place on the uniform. The training scheme is progressive, because one badge gears the young person towards the next. Therefore, working through the badge system earning one badge after the next.
A young person will join scouting initially in the section that is appropriate for his age. He will instantly begin working towards the first page for that section. The badges are designed to teach essential skills in scouting - anything from lighting a fire to an 8 mile hike.
As the scheme is progressive, there is a sense of continuum and achievement.
The badge system, uniform and ceremonies of each section is explained in the section to which it pertains:
- Beavers - 6 to 8 years of age
- Wolf Cubs - 9 to 11 years of age
- Scouts - 11 to 15 years of age
- Senior Scouts - 15 to 18 years of age
- Rover Scouts - 18 years of age and over
Camping is a very important part of scouting. Please click hear for further information about different types of camps
Another very important part of Scouting is Church Parades Please click hear for further information about Church Parades in the BBS
Please download a flyer for more information about the BBS and BGS association.