As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life. We bring communities together and contribute to society. Above all, we aim to build better futures.
Blake Patrol, Scouts
"In Scouts, we learn valuable life skills, which will be used in future careers and prepare us for life ahead, like communication and teamwork. We also learn skills like knots, which help us grow our boating knowledge. These are enjoyable, helpful and challenging to build character for our time ahead.”
We usually meet weekly on Thursdays to take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities. Beavers 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.
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.
Outdoor activities are featured prominently, with the highlight being camping. Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, Scouts also take part in other adventurous activities such as rifle shooting, archery, climbing and abseiling. Badge work features prominently with many Sea Scouts gaining coveted awards like the Chief Scout’s Gold Award.
Amazon Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from the Leaders. The Explorer Unit tries to be outdoors and adventurous as much as possible and there is wider scope for activities. We encourage and support them intaking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
What Scouts do
Young people in the Scouts take part in an exciting programme of activities from kayaking to coding. They develop character skills like resilience, initiative and tenacity; employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving; and practical skills like cooking and first aid. And research proves it really works. A 2018 report says Scouts are 17% more likely to show leadership skills and work well in teams. They are a third more likely to support their communities too.
Here in Hedge End, Southampton, the 31st Itchen North (Amazon) Sea Scout Group bring that experience to local young people from the age of 6 to 18. Based at the Norman Rodaway Pavilion in Heath House Lane and with sailing boats, powerboats, pulling boats, canoes and kayaks at Mercury Yacht Harbour and Holiday Park in Hamble, the 31st invite you to join the crew – whether you are a young person or adult. Beavers start at six to eight years old, Cubs from eight to ten and a half, Sea Scouts from ten and a half to fourteen and Explorers up to eighteen.
We encourage young people to do more, learn more and be more. Each week, we help over 460,000 young people aged 6-25 enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.
We’re talking about teamwork, leadership and resilience – skills that have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians. We help young people develop and improve key life skills.
We believe in bringing people together. We celebrate diversity and stand against intolerance, always. We are part of a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures.