If you think Scouting’s just about knots, woggles and big shorts, then be prepared to be surprised. It’s how Richard Branson, Barack Obama and David Beckham got their start in life and you can benefit too.
There are 400,000 young people in Scouting, spread across five sections: Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and the Scout Network. Each section has its own balanced programme of activities, badges and awards.
Beaver Scouts are our youngest members. They usually meet weekly to take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities.
They will also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of camps and sleepovers. It may be the first time they spend a night away from home so it’s a real adventure for them.
Liphook Scout Group has two Beaver Cub Colonies:
- Willow Beaver Colony – meet on a Monday evening between 6pm and 7pm – Leader is Mark Boosey
- Ashdown Beaver Colony – meet on a Tuesday evening between 5.45pm and 6.45pm – Leader is Mark Stocker
- Maple Beaver Colony – meet on a Thursday evening between 5.45 and 6.45 – Leader is Sheila Woods
A Cub Scout Pack can have up to 36 Cub Scouts and is split into smaller groups called Sixes. Cubs take part in a wide range of activities designed to be interesting and challenging. A Cub Scout meeting consists of games and activities with plenty of time spent outdoors.
Camps and holidays are some of the most memorable events of the year for Cubs.
There are three Cub Packs in Liphook Scout Group:
- Downlands Cub Pack – meet on Tuesday evenings between 7pm and 8.30pm – Leader Kevin Carrig
- Oakhanger Cub Pack – meet on Thursday evenings between 7pm and 8.30om – Leader Trevor Holden
- Wheatsheaf Cub Pack – meet on Friday evenings between 6.30pm and 8.00pm – Leader Jez Turner
Rock climbing, potholing, gliding, photography and international experiences are just some of the things they get up to.
There are two Scout Troops at Liphook:
- Shackleton Scout Troop – meet Wednesday evenings between 7.30pm and 9.00pm – Leader Nigel Woods
- Scott Scout Troop – meet Friday evenings between 8.15pm and 9.45pm – Leader Neil Caie
Explorer Scouts (14–18)
Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.
There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.
- Stirling Explorer Unit, meet on Monday evenings : Section Leader Stuart West
Scout Network (18-25)
Scout Network is the fifth and final section of the Scouting movement. Scout Network members take part in a variety of activities, which they undertake and organise themselves with the support of a Scout Network Leader.
Example activities include abseiling, camping, circus skills, climbing, go-karting, gorge walking, hiking, pioneering and watersports.