Scouts – 10½ to 14 years

Get set for activities outdoors and indoors, for fun with new friends and old mates, for giving to the community, and helping others.

Our Scouts are an active group of young people aged 10 ½ to 14 who meet on Thursday evenings between 7.30 and 9.00 pm. Many meetings are outdoors but our base is in the Morningside Parish Church.

Scouts:

  • Master new skills and try new things
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun and go on adventures, at home and abroad
  • Explore the world around them
  • Help others and make a difference, in their own communities and beyond

Each week, we meet in a group called a Scout Troop to learn skills that will last a lifetime.

What do Scouts get up to?

Scouts are constantly exploring their world and their own capabilities. We help you to learn how to make the most of your interests and abilities, from leading small groups to exploring your personal spirituality, from facing your fears to conquering a whole new activity.

With new friends, you’ll master the skills that will help you weather the storms of life, and try things you’d never get the chance to do at home or at school – working with trained volunteers to achieve whatever you set your mind to.

Scouts stand up for what they believe in and make a difference to the world around them. Scouts build bridges and break barriers. Throughout history, they’ve played all sorts of useful roles in society, and this legacy continues today.

Over the years, our Scouts regularly camp for a week over the summer, go sailing and canoeing under the Forth Rail Bridge, walk in the Scottish hills under expert leadership, learn how to cook at home, at camp and on expeditions, learn how to find themselves when they are lost and much, much more.

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How are Scouts Organised?

Our Scout Troop has up to 40 young people aged 10½ to 14, led by trained adult volunteers who are on hand to share their skills and keep everyone safe. They often meet outdoors and in smaller groups.

Within our Troop, Scouts are part of a Patrol of up to 6 Scouts who look out for one another, help each other grow, compete with other Patrols and are led by Scouts themselves. The Patrol helps the newer Scouts learn new skills and settle into the Troop.

Promises and ceremonies

Scouting is different from other youth activities because we make a promise to uphold certain values of community and caring. 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 repeating it out loud in front of their fellow Scouts.

The process usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in and is known as being ‘invested’ into Scouts. The Promise comes in different forms to accommodate religious beliefs but essentially you will promise to do your best to help others, to maintain law and order and to understand and uphold the philosophy of Scouting.

Joining the Troop

Our Scout Troop is very popular and currently it only has space to take our young people coming up from Cubs. All Cubs from the 25th Braid Cub Pack are guaranteed a place in our Scout Troop and we keep a waiting list just in case a spare place does open up. We have a written policy on offering places and a copy can be requested by contacting the Group Scout Leader or Waiting List Co-ordinator.

Should you be offered a place in the Troop, on your first night at Scouts, you’ll be taking part in lots of activities, and should just wear something you feel comfortable in. Once you’ve had time to settle in, you’ll be asked to buy your own uniform shirt to wear during meetings and on trips away. We will present you with the Group neckerchief (scarf) of red and grey and the cloth badges that demonstrate that you are a member of the 25th Braid Scout Troop.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls