Scout Network is our fifth and final section for 18-25 year olds.

Whether you’re completely new to Scouts or have been with us since you were 5 years old, joining is a great way to meet new people, seek out new challenges and see the world. Because being a grown up shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun.

 

What do Network members get up to?

 Scout Network connects 20,000 18-25 year olds across the UK, and gives them the opportunity to take part in a huge range of exciting projects and events centred on the themes of ‘Adventure’, ‘Community’ and ‘International’.

Whether you’re organising a local meet-up or a once in a lifetime trip to the Amazon, it’s all about working together to build new skills, seek out new experiences and make a difference in the world. 

Network groups are flexibly run and self-led. Members can create profiles on the Scout Network website, using the platform to meet others with similar goals and share their progress. There are 395 virtual badges currently available to achieve, and members can also work towards a number of Top Awards. 

Network in Tameside South

At present, there are no active network units in Tameside South.

 

Questions? We’ve answered some of the most common ones below.

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How often do Network members meet up?

Local arrangements will vary. Network members don’t necessarily meet every week. Some might meet a few times a year to complete a single project together. Others might dive into lots of different projects at once, or meet locally more regularly.

Where can Scout Network meet?

Like any activity in Scouting, choice of venue must be a considered and take into account suitability for the type of meeting and the members that will be attending that meeting. 

Who runs Scout Networks?

Members manage their own journey, organising their own projects with the support of a District Scout Network Commissioner and Programme Coordinator (if one is in place). Throughout their journey, they might also interact with Assistant County Commissioners (Network) – who assist with Network activity throughout the wider County – and the UK Scout Network Commissioner, who oversees Network activity across the whole of the UK.

 

Is there a uniform?

Yes. Network members wear a stone shirt or blouse with an added Scout Network uniform badge. If they like, they can also wear the nationwide UK Scout Network Scarf or their local District Scout Network scarf (known as a necker). Merchandise is available from Scout Store.

There is a Scout Network uniform badge which is available from Scout Store. If you are part of a District Scout Network then you will need to speak to your District Scout Network Commissioner to find out if there is a District Scout Network Scarf available. 

 

Do I need to undertake adult training to be a Scout Network member?

There is no adult training required to be a Scout Network member.

Can I get badges/awards for taking part?

Yes. Scout Network Members will be able to gain virtual participation badges. These badges will be issued and maintained on the Scout Network Digital Platform.
Top awards are also available to achieve, these include Chief Scout Diamond AwardQueen’s Scout Award, Explorer Belt, and Scouts of the World Award. 

 

Why is the section now at Districts and not County?

During research that was carried out for the Programme Review. 12,000 members told us that they wanted a section that is flexible and run predominantly at local level. There was also appetite for a national offering for those who have a life style that changes e.g. Students and apprentices. There was also support for a clear programme and one that recognises participation for people within the age range.

 

How can I still be part of Network when I go to uni / move away for work?

Yes, Scout Network is truly flexible. As a member you have choice. This means you can be part of which ever District you want to be. If you do not wish to affiliate with any particular district, you can also opt to just be part of the UK Scout Network, which gives you the same great access to the opportunities as every 18-25 year old in the UK. You may also want to check whether your university has a Student Scout and Guide Organisation (SSAGO).

 

Where can Scout Network meet?

Like any activity in Scouting, choice of venue must be a considered and take into account suitability for the type of meeting and the members that will be attending that meeting. 

 

I live in a different District to where I Scout, what impact does this have on where I’m a member of Scout Network? 

You can chose where your membership point of Scout Network is. You can choose the District(s) you wish to be part of and this will include the UK Scout Network. You’re not required to have a District membership, you can just be a member of the UK Scout Network.

 

I’m nearly 25 what’s next for me?

There are many options available to you. To explore these further take a look at scouts.org.uk in the Scout Network pages under. You can also speak with your District Scout Network Commissioner who will be able to help you explore all the local opportunities available to you. 

 

Can I still be a Leader?

Yes. Scout Network members can also hold adult appointments.

 

Do I have to leave my old network?

If you’re a member of a District Scout Network then no, but if you were part of a County Scout Network, you will be placed in the most appropriate District Scout Network that is available to you. You do have the option to change the District you are a member with. All members can also be part of the UK Scout Network. 

 

I'm part of a British Scouting Overseas District, can I still be a part of Scout Network?

Of course! You are part of UK Scouting and are eligible to join the UK Scout Network. British Scouting Overseas has one Scout Network for all Districts. If you're based in a country which is not a member of British Scouting Overseas then unfortunately you will need to seek out other Scouting opportunities in the country in which you reside.

 

I don’t live in the UK can I still be a part of Scout Network?

If you're part of British Scouting Overseas or if you live in a country which is registered as a UK Scout Association Branch then you are part of UK Scouting and therefore able to join the UK Scout Network. If applicable you would also be part of the British Scouting Overseas Network. If you're based in a country which is not a member of British Scouting Overseas then unfortunately you will need to seek out other Scouting opportunities in the country that you reside.