The St Paul’s Scouting Adventure

Scouting believes through Adventure that we challenge young people so they learn and experience new skills and activities in a safe environment enriching their lives.  There are now over 35 million young people all over the world who enjoy the Fun, Friendship, Challenge and Adventure that Scouting offers.

A Scout Troop was first started at St Paul’s in 1945 at the initiative of the then Vicar and over 70 years later thanks to the enthusiasm, care and commitment of our volunteer Leaders and Helpers it continues to grow and we welcome new members to join all the sections of the Group.

Beaver Scouts for Boys and Girls aged 6 to 8 years

This is our first and youngest section with much emphasis on their motto of ‘Fun and Friends’.  They take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, trying out new things, visits and plenty of outdoor activities including an annual sleepover.  Like all of our Sections they enjoy meeting new people at District and County organised events and sports.

Cub Scouts for Boys and Girls aged 8 to 10½ years

Cubs are invited to take part in a ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ by participating in a wide range of activities designed to be fun, interesting, exciting and challenging.  Scouting firmly believes that young people learn by ‘doing’.  In a balanced programme of activities, they play games, learn to help others in their Local Community.  Much time is spent in the ‘Great Outdoors’ including exploring, visits, camping and pack holidays.  There are plenty of opportunities to earn a wide variety of interest and skills badges.

Scouts for Boys and Girls aged 10½ to 14 years

Life as a Scout is an ‘eye-opening adventure’ with lots of excitement and new challenges.  Scouting’s aim is to actively encourage and support young people in their personal development empowering them to make a positive contribution to Society.  Outdoor events feature prominently in our weekly programme with camping still Scouting’s favourite activity.  Scouts learn various skills like map reading, camp cooking, first aid, abseiling and rock climbing to name but a few.  They earn badges and awards by taking part in indoor and outdoor challenges.  The Patrol system encourages teamwork, support for others and community action projects.

Explorer Scouts for Boys and Girls aged 14 to 18 years

‘Live Life on the Edge’ as an Explorer Scout giving them Scouting experiences that they can’t get anywhere else.  Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of their unit with support and guidance from their Leaders.  They take part in lots of adventurous Outdoor fun activities as well as Community and Creative projects.  There is plenty of opportunity to do Duke of Edinburgh Awards, take part in Young Leader Training and work towards Scouting’s Highest Award their Queen Scout Badge.