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Each Scout Troop usually consists of small units of six to eight Scouts called a Patrol, led by a Patrol Leader. Outdoor activities feature prominently, with the highlight being camping. Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for camp.
Rock climbing, potholing, gliding, photography and international experiences are just some of the things they might get up to.
The Scout section in Northumberland County is currently supported by an Assistant County Commissioner (Scouts) and a County Scout Leader. Between them they support the section programme by running events to assist Section Leaders in ensuring that a quality programme is delivered to their youth members. These events include an annual badge weekend which had previously supported Leaders with Expedition Challenge and Time on the Water badges which have been more challenging for Leaders without direct access to those with the Permits or experience required to support these badges.
Other support available includes input to District Scout meetings and in some cases direct support of Section Leaders to assist with training.
The team is currently working on a variety of wider areas which include plans for YouShape, how best to encourage youth members to apply for the next World Scout Jamboree, and improving Moving On from Scouts to Explorers. If anyone is interested in working with us on any of these areas then we would be pleased to hear from you.