Scouts are the third section of the Scouting movement. From the first experimental camp for 20 boys in 1907, the movement now has an estimated 28 million members worldwide, and in the UK alone there are over 499,000 boys and girls involved in Scouting. An increase in adult volunteers means that more and more young people are now able to take part in their own big adventure.
Scouts are usually aged between ten and a half and fourteen years old, though they can be as young as ten when joining. A group of Scouts is called a Troop, and each Troop can be split up into smaller groups called Patrols; at 7th Colchester we have three patrols (lions, cobras and eagles). Scouts have a Promise, Law and Motto.
The Scout Promise
On my honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law
The Scout Law
- A Scout is to be trusted.
- A Scout is loyal.
- A Scout is friendly and considerate.
- A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
- A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
- A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
- A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
The Scout Motto
The Scout flag is dark green, bearing the Scout symbol and Motto.