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District

Beavers

Is all about having fun, making things, going on outings, attending sleepovers, learning how to be safe and most importantly, making new friends. 

They hold weekly meetings and whilst enjoying the balanced programme of activities that their Beaver leader has put together for them, they can earn badges doing them.  All Beavers enjoy gaining badges.

There are 6 Staged badges, 12 Activity badges & 6 Challenge badges.

When they have earned all 6 of the Challenge badges they then receive the highest badge for Beavers, The Chief Scout’s Bronze Award, which they go on to wear on their Cub Uniform.

Cubs

Can be girls or boys and are typically aged between 8 and 10½ years old.  The section of the Scout Association that they are part of is a Cub Pack and in SW Cheshire there are 21 active packs who generally meet weekly at their Scout Group HQ.

Sometimes they meet with their younger Beaver or older Scout members in the Scout Group but mainly their meetings involve getting a chance to try lots of different activities like swimming, music, exploring, computing and collecting. Camps and trips out are always included in the annual programme.

There are a range of badges available to earn, within a balanced programme including six Challenges - Creative, Community, Fitness, Global, Outdoor and Promise which lead to them achieving the Cub Scout Silver Award which they wear on their uniform when they progress to the Scout Section.

Scouts
We have 20 Troops around our District for boys and girls between 10½ and 14. Each Troop runs a weekly meeting and a full programme of exciting indoor and outdoor activities. 

Camping is very popular and most Troops organise a week away under canvas in the Summer as well as shorter camps throughout the year. Scouts can also take part in ‘taster’ sessions and training courses for Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Climbing, Dragon Boating, Hiking and other activities.

Explorers
It's for anyone between the age of 14 to 18 who want to take part in challenging and interesting activities. 
Each unit holds regular weekly meetings. They also run weekend/week camps and activities such as sailing, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, mountain biking, caving etc.
At present there are Seven units in the district for you to choose from which hold meetings every week. There is one based at Bunbury, three in Crewe - Fiennes, Wilson, Drake, Shipton in Elworth and Mallory in Nantwich . The Young Leaders unit meet from time to time to allow Explorer Scouts to undertake the Young Leaders training programme

Network
The Express Network is for Scouts aged 18-25. Network is county run and Express is the local network for the South West District.
Network gives you the opportunity to take part in more than 200 activities, make new friends, develop your skills and also complete awards such as Duke of Edinburgh and Queen's Scout Award.
If you aren't part of the Scouting Association, this doesn't mean you can't join Network! You can still register to become a member, and then you will be a part of the worldwide movement!

Copyright: South West Cheshire District Scouts January 2012