The Sections and Programme

As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life.

We encourage young people to do more, learn more and be more. Each week, we help over 460,000 young people aged 6-25 enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.

We’re talking about teamwork, leadership and resilience – skills that have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians. We help young people develop and improve key life skills.

We believe in bringing people together. We celebrate diversity and stand against intolerance, always. We’re part of a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures.

There is no doubt that parents value what Scouting does for their children. In an independent survey of over 2,000 parents of Scouts, 9 out of 10 parents said Scouting is worthwhile (7 in 10 very worthwhile) and 9 in 10 said their children find Scouting enjoyable (6 in 10 very enjoyable).  Parents say Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility, a broader set of friends, a chance to pursue things they might not get to do otherwise, adventure and an extended family.

The philosophy underpinning the Scouting programme is that every Youth Member should participate in a Balanced Programme over a period of time. Providing your Section with
a Programme that is both balanced and exciting is one of the most rewarding challenges for leaders. Young people are offered a range of activities, events and experiences built around Programme Zones. We balance the Programme in the same way you’d balance a diet, by simply ensuring that over a given period (a month or a term, for example), there is something from each Zone in the Programme. In Scouting, the word Programme has a wide interpretation.

The Programme is not just about the activities that Scouts can take part in (almost anything from abseiling to zorbing). Its meaning also lies in how we do these activities (the Methods) and our motivation in doing them (Values deriving from the Scout Promise). Every time we plan an activity for our Scouts we should also consider how we might organise the activity and why we’re doing it. What we offer to young people is a Balanced Programme; a range of activities, events and experiences built around six Programme Zones.

Awarding badges to young people is a great way to recognise achievement and a motivator to try something different. The definition of the Balanced Programme is as follows:

‘Young people experience Scouting through regularly taking part in quality activities drawn from each Programme Zone. Personal achievement can be recognised through earning awards and badges leading to the Chief Scout’s Awards and the Queen’s Scout Award.’

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls