Progression Towards the Scout Network

The Scout Network is the final step in the Scout journey, which begins at the age of 6 years, with the famous Beaver programme. Beavers begin at the age of 6, and runs until 8 years old. From there, boys move up to the Cubs, which takes them to the age of 10-10 and a half.

Once a cub scouts turns 10 and a half, they then move up to the Scouts, which they will stay with for the next four years, before moving up to the Explorer Scouts at 14 years, until 18 years. If a youngster wants to stay with the movement after the age of 18, as many do, then the Scout Network is the next move, and is available until the age of 25.


The youngest group head to their meetings once a week and enjoy lots of activities, including singing, crafts, outdoor fun, and games. There are camps at this age also, which is an important step in terms of learning independence away from their parents.


The Cubs is a bigger group of members, and is therefore split down into smaller sections – these are called Sixes. Camps are a bigger part of Scout life at this age than in the Beavers, and are filled with fun. General activities during meetings include games, activities, and more outdoor time.


Groups are split down into 6-8 members and are called Patrols. These are also lead by a Patrol Leader. At this stage, there are even more outdoor activities, and skill learning is a big emphasis, including first aid and cooking.


At the age of 14, members are encouraged to be more independent, and to help their leadership skills grow. Outdoor activities, such as mountaineering or sailing are prevalent, as well as campaigning for good causes.

Scout Network

This is the final part, including even more outdoor activities, and more in the way of leadership responsibility and encouragement.

Many youngsters decide to see the whole Scout movement through, from beginning to end.