Scout Network – 18-25
Scout Network is the fifth and final section of the Scouting movement. From the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section, and in 1967, Venture Scouts were formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections.
During the late 1990s we decided that, to meet the changing needs of young people, there should be two sections for the over-14s: Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18-year-olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.
There are many different activities and awards available to Scout Network members. Scout Network members can also continue to carry out other roles in Scouting, for example they could be:
- a Leader with another Section
- a Helper or Skills Instructor
- a member of the Scout Fellowship
- a member in another capacity
In Lincolnshire, Scout Networks are based at District level; some may be focused around a specific activity or location such a Gang Show, an activity centre, climbing or canoeing.
Each Network member is in control of a programme which can be tailored to fit their personal interests or tasks within challenges.
Network is an opportunity for young adults to meet up and socialise whilst doing activities they enjoy and it will support them in their future. It is an opportunity for adults to take part in activities rather than lead them.
Not all Network Scout units meet every week, although to help ensure others are able to take part we plan and provide activities at weekends also. Network Scout units will often link up with other units from their district to take part in a wide range of activities.
There are many different ways to be a member of the Scout Network. Members don’t have to stay with one group; and can join in with as much or as little as they like, depending on their other commitments.
Network members can gain awards such as: the Chief Scout’s Diamond, Explorer Belt, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and various National Governing Body (NGB) awards. The highest award in Scouting, the Queen’s Scout Award, is recognized by many employers as the sign of someone who is enthusiastic, dedicated and reliable thus increasing your employability can be earned in Network.