How Is The Scout Movement Made Up?
The term Scout Movement refers to every Scout in the world.
At the minute there are nearly 30 million members in 216 countries.
There are only six countries where Scouting does not exist; in some it would not be allowed. These are: Andorra, People’s Republic of China, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Myanmar.
The UK part of the Scout Movement is known as the Scout Association. There are approximately 400,000 members in the UK Scout Association.
The Scout Association is broken down into Counties, there are approximately 113 of these in the UK.
Each County is broken down into Districts and there are about 1000 Districts in the UK. Tynemouth District is part of Northumberland County.
Northumberland County has a total of 11 Districts although each County around the UK will be different.
The 11 Districts in Northumberland County are Benton, Blyth Valley, Castle Morpeth, Great North, Hadrian, Mid Northumberland, Newcastle East, North Northumberland, Tynemouth, Wansbeck and Whitley Bay.
As well as administering the Districts, Counties run the oldest of the youth sections, known as Network Scouts. These are people aged between 18 and 25 years old.
Districts also run a youth section known as Explorer Scouts. The Explorer Scouts are aged between 14 and 18 and can be identified by their beige shirts.
Each of the Districts is broken down into Scout Groups. There are 100 Scout Groups in Northumberland County, 15 of which are part of Tynemouth District. Click here to see our Groups page.
Scout Groups are broken down into the various youth sections and there are three different ones that can be part of a Group, Beaver Scout Colonies, Cub Scout Packs and Scout Troops. Scout Groups do not have to have all three youth sections. Click here for more information on the sections.
Each Scout Group wears it’s own coloured scarf known as a neckerchief, which is fastened with a woggle.
They also wear badges on their right arm showing which District and County they belong to as well as a name tape showing the name of their Group, which is normally (but not always) a number and their District name.
Each Scout Group has a team of Leaders who run the weekly youth Section meetings and a Group Scout Leader who overseas the whole Group. There is also an executive committee to support the Leaders by helping with the administrative side of the Group.
The Beaver Scout Colony is for 6 – 8 year olds
It is run by a Beaver Scout Leader and a number of Assistant Beaver Scout Leaders.
Beaver Scouts can be identified by their blue sweatshirts. The colony is broken down further into small groups called lodges.
Click here to see the Beaver Scout Section page.
The Cub Scout Pack is for 8 – 10½ year olds
It is run by a Cub Scout Leader and a number of Assistant Cub Scout Leaders.
Cub Scouts can be identified by their green sweatshirts. The pack is broken down into sixes.
Each six has a senior cub in charge of it known as a sixer and another to help them known as a second sixer. Sixes are identified by colours and the woggle fastening their neckerchiefs, show which colour six the person is a member of.
Click here to see the Cub Scout Section page.
The Scout Troop is for 10½ - 14 year olds
It is run by a Scout Leader and a number of Assistant Scout Leaders.
Scouts can be identified by their green shirts.
The troop is broken down into patrols.
Each patrol has a senior Scout in charge of it known as a patrol leader and another to help them known as an assistant patrol leader. Patrols are normally named after birds or animals and are identified by badges worn on the right arm.
Click here to see the Scout Section page.
Each of the youth sections can also have Skills Instructors, Young Leaders and parent helpers helping to run the weekly meetings.
The main difference between these people and the Leaders is that to become a Leader or Assistant Leader the person has to apply for a warrant and then undergo a formal training programme. Once this is completed the Leader is awarded a set of wood beads which they wear round their neck.
All adults in Scouting have to undergo a CRB check before they are allowed to help, regardless of whether they are applying for a warrant or just want to help occasionally.
Click here to see the Leaders page.