1st Portishead Scout Group

1st Portishead Scouts

Scouts are aged 10½ to 14, and are the third step on the Scouting journey, after Beavers and Cubs. However, you don’t have to have been a member of either to join Scouts.

We currently have two Scout troops which each meet at different times each week:

  • Glenny Troop - Tuesday 7pm to 9pm
  • Denny Troop - Friday 7pm to 9pm

As the eldest group of children, Scouts tend to be out and about most of the time, really making the most of the ‘out’ in Scouting. Activities include sailing, skittles, climbing, hiking, DIY, pioneering, cooking, orienteering, cycling, and frisbee golf. Cubs also regularly spend evenings at our own local wood cooking on campfires, playing wide games and building shelters.

Over the four years in the Scouts section, Scouts work towards 9 Challenge Badges, which go towards achieving the Chief Scout’s Gold Award by the time they leave for Explorers. These Challenge Badges include Adventure, Creative, Expedition, Outdoor, Personal, Skills, Team Leader, Teamwork and World badges. Alongside these badges, the Scouts can work on over 60 Activity badges (including geocaching, fire safety, survival skills and pioneer). Finally there are 14 Staged Badges that continue to recognise the Scouts’ experiences from Beavers and Cubs and include Nights Away, Hikes Away and Time on the Water.

When Scouts reach Year 9 they can train and be entered for the Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor. It is a great test of independence, resilience and resourcefulness and typifies much of what they learn in Scouts. This is just one of many memorable events Scouts experience, including the annual Remembrance Parade and community events such as the Raft Race.

Each year, Scouts can attend various trips, from days away to week-long summer camps. These may be done as a troop or by joining with the wider network of scouts. The biennial Group Camp is a particular highlight, where the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in the 1st Portishead all join together.

Too much fun to let the kids have all to themselves

We couldn’t run Scouts without the support of adult volunteers. If it sounds like too much fun to let the kids have all to themselves, then please get in touch. You don’t need any special skills or experience, and we have a variety of opportunities to make the most of your time, however much you’re able to give. Everyone involved has a say and everyone can bring their ideas, skills and experience to the table., helping our young people grow and develop their confidence

"I love volunteering as a leader because I probably get as much out of Scouting as the Scouts do. I love the great outdoors and being involved with Scouting gives me the excuse to get out there and do some really interesting things. It’s great working in a team with the other leaders and helpers and especially coming up with new ideas that the Scouts will find both enjoyable and challenging. Being a leader definitely makes you feel that you are part of something bigger – it is the the UK's largest mixed youth organisation after all – and there is a real sense of camaraderie and purpose from the leaders of all the sections.”
- Matt Hall, Scout Leader

Help us get young people off a waiting list and into Scouts