Most Fridays during school term time the Scouts meet at the Cox Green Scout hut, at 7 o’clock. The Scout Section is for young people aged between 10½ and 14 years. There is flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 10, and can move to Explorers between age 13½ and 14½.
The Scouts then take part in a number of scouting and non-scouting activities for that evening; these could range from making large scale pioneering projects to teaching young people how to prepare a simple meal on a fire.
Currently there are over 30 girls and boys coming along each week to Scouts and joining in on the evening’s activities.
Some evenings the group will have activities which are based away from the scout hut and will mostly take place outdoors. These evenings Scouts will most probably be involved in more traditional scouting activities.
As well as meeting up on Friday evenings between 7 and 9 pm the Scouts run several trips away each year which usually involves camping out of some kind.
In Scouts they are required to make a promise to their scout troop. Making the Promise is the most important act in Scouting and is common to every Section. Scouting has a special ceremony for making the Promise called Investiture or being invested. When a young person makes their Promise they receive their Group Scarf, The Membership Award and are welcomed as a new Member into the Scout family. The promise is not too dissimilar to the Cubs promise however it is a tiny bit more complex. It is as follows:
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:
1. A Scout is to be trusted.
2. A Scout is loyal.
3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
The Scout Motto:
Scouts wear a teal green shirt or blouse and navy blue activity trousers or skirt. They also wear a group scarf of their sections colours ( At 21st Maidenhead our colours are red with white stripes) along with a woggle and a Scout belt. Here is a diagram to show where the badges should be placed: