Age Groups

Scouting is split into five age groups:

Beaver Scouts are the youngest section of the Scouting family. Their activities are based around making things, outdoor activities, singing, playing games, going out on visits, investigating nature, listening to stories, learning how to be safe and most importantly, making new friends.

Children join a Beaver Scout Colony for many reasons. It might be they have heard great things from their friends about all the things your Colony gets up to every week. Perhaps parents or carers are keen for them to join. Whatever their reasons, the children will have a great time!

The Beaver Scouts at 12th Hampstead meet 5.30 to 6.30pm on Wednesday evenings.

Cubs is the second section of the Scouting movement, all about adventure and giving things a go. Cubs work together in teams called ‘sixes’ to complete challenges and also to help others in our local and wider community while learning about the world around us.

The Cub Scouts at 12th Hampstead meet 6pm to 7.15pm on Monday evenings.

Scouts are the third section of the Scouting movement. Being a Scout is all about discovering the world on your own terms, alongside new friends our Scouts grow in confidence and have adventures. All while learning about themselves and our local and wider communities.

The Scouts at 12th Hampstead meet 7.30pm to 9.00pm on Monday evenings.

The Explorer unit is often be out and about at weekends or in the holidays doing activities and it is acknowledge that there will be times when you will be busy doing other things such as exams. Being an Explorer Scout allows you to fit around your other activities but allows you to get out of London with a group of friends to meet explorers from all over the country. Explorers is organised on a District level, you can find more information here.

Explorers can become Young Leaders!

The Young Leaders’ Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others. The scheme also helps them fulfil the service elements of their awards.

You can find more information about Young Leaders here.

All members of The Scout Association between 18 and 25 years are members of the Scout Network. As a member of the Scout Network you could be:

  • a member of a local Network
  • a Leader with another Section
  • a Helper or Skills Instructor
  • a member of the Scout Fellowship
  • a member in another capacity

Local Networks, can be based at County, District or Group; some may be focused around a specific activity or location, e.g. Activity Centre, climbing or canoeing.

Scout Network programmes will reflect the huge variation in Members’ interests. Some local Networks will have activities that concentrate on one area of the programme, whilst others will have a wider range. One of the key elements is the opportunity to get away, either under canvas or in other accommodation.