Basingstoke West provides fun & exciting activities and adventures through quality Scouting for those in the West of Basingstoke and the surrounding villages.
Would your child like to have more adventures?
Make new friends?
Develop resilience and teamwork?
Earn awards and be proud of themselves?
Are you the kind of everyday hero who can make this happen for young people while having lots of fun for yourself?
In Scouting, there are opportunities for everyone, of any age, to get involved, learn new skills, try new indoor & outdoor activities and have fun!
Scouting is the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. We offer 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others.
Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.
What do Scouts do?
Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.
Aged 6 – 8 years old
Beavers are our youngest section and where most members join Scouting.
Aged 8 – 10.5 years old
Cubs are the second section as a member moves through up the movement.
Aged 10.5 – 14 years old
The third of our youth sections where activities become more adventurous.
Aged 14 – 18 years old
Explorers is the 4th section of Scouting leading to school & college leaving age.
Basingstoke West Scout District is an area comprising of 10 Scout Groups ranging from Sherborne St John to Overton. Each of these groups has a growing youth involvement which is the basis on which we thrive. We also have much support from the District Members.
The Beaver Section is for youngsters aged between 6 and 8 years. The programme for this age group is based around Fun & Friends. They usually meet once a week, and have a great time playing games or making some craft item. They have a structured and ongoing learning progress which will prepare them for the transition to the Cub section.
The Cub Section is the next stage in the process and is for young people between the ages of 8 & 10½. Like the Beavers they also have a programme of activities which help to mould their progress in life and in Scouting. They are given a bit more responsibility and freedom to undertake different challenges and adventures.
The Scout Section is the next movement up the chain. This is for members who are aged between 10 ½ & 14. As you can imagine at this age the young people are looking for more adventure and a more challenging Scouting experience. This is gained by a programme of progressive training. Which is delivered via structured leadership teams.
The remaining Sections of Scouting are Explorer Scouts which are aged between 14 & 18 and then Network Scouts who age between 18 & 25. Both of these sections are guided by a leadership team that are working towards the higher end awards.ie: DOE or Queens Scout awards. This is achieved by another programme of well planned activities which encourage the young person to be the best they can be. And also have fun while learning.
All adults involved in Scouting have undergone full Disclosure and Barring Service checks and undergo regular updates as required. All the Section Leaders have a programme of training, which they have to complete by various means. They then have a series of ongoing support and reviews. So everybody involved in Scouting is given the best opportunity to fulfil their potential, and in doing this, pass on the knowledge gained to the many youth members.
The Scouting ethos is that by making the programme fun and entertaining the young person will achieve the best of their potential, and become a trusted member of society.