Scout Network is the fifth and final section of the Scouting movement and is for those aged 18-25. Scout Network members take part in a variety of activities, which they undertake and organise themselves with the support of the Network Commissioner.
Example activities include abseiling, camping, circus skills, climbing, go-karting, gorge walking, hiking, pioneering and water sports.
Who can join the District Scout Network?
All young adults that are currently members of the association and are aged between 18 and 25 are now automatically registered as members of the Scout Network. People who are 18-25 and not currently members of the association can choose to join by emailing the District Scout Network Commissioner (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Is there a minimum age for joining Scout Network?
The minimum age for joining Scout Network is strictly 18 years.
How do I register?
If you are approaching 18 and have been an Explorer Scout and want to remain in Scouting you will be automatically transitioned to Scout Network of the District that you were an Explorer in. If you wish to be associated with a different District Scout Network than that to which you were an Explorer, just let your District Scout Network Commissioner know and they will assist you with those requests. If you do not wish to be affiliated with any District, then you can remain just part of the UK Scout Network only. Please complete the Adult Information Form found here and email to the District Scout Network Commissioner: email@example.com
What type of programme can I enjoy taking part in?
There are three Programme Areas: Adventure, International and Community. These will be underpinned by themes including Teamwork, Leadership and Life Skills. There are great opportunities for members to nominate themselves as Programme Coordinators, Project Leaders and Events Organisers; to aid in the smooth running of the Network section, and to really build on their skill sets.
How much is this going to cost?
Being part of Scout Network at either District or UK Level will follow the same format; free to join, pay to play. So, this means that membership to the association is free, but any costs associated with activity or operational costs will apply. All information regarding costs of events will be notified as soon as possible after the event is publicised.
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. However, if a Scout Network Member decides to undertake any activity which means that they are taking on the responsibilities of an adult volunteer (i.e. anything which means the Scout Network Member is providing care, training or supervision with or for young people aged under 18, rather than taking part in their own programme) they require a DBS check. This can be completed by completing the ID Checking Form here and emailing it to the District Scout Network Commissioner: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Award, Queen’s Scout Award, Explorer Belt, and Scouts of the World Award.