Being a Scout

When you join scouts, you’ll be introduced to lots of new activities, people and things

You can become a Scout from the age of 10 and stay until to you are around 14, before moving to Explorer Scouts. We run three separate troops to cater for young people in both Thaxted and surrounding villages, including Wimbish and Debden. We have two Air Scout Troops called Apache meeting on a Thursday Night 1915- 2045 and Wildcat meeting on Tuesdays 1915-2045, we also have Thaxted Scouts a land based troop and they meet on Friday evenings 7pm-9pm

Scouts are easily recognised in their distinctive green shirts or in our Air Scouts blue shirt. All young people who are part of 1 st Thaxted-Carver Scout Group are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme, including traditional Scouting skills such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from paddle boarding to expeditions. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and there are a number of challenges awards and activity badges that Scouts can gain during their time in the section to recognise their achievements.

Aim Big!!

Scouts aim to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative. It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and trips away.

Being outdoors is important and half the programme is given over to taking part in both the traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking as well as the wide range of adventurous activities, anything from kayaking to hiking and bike riding. We run an annual week long camp where the scouts travel further afield to places such as Wales and Cumbria, where the week consist of traditional scouting camping skills such as lighting fires, building hammocks, and using Scouts survival skills learned.

Most Scouts move up from our two Cub Packs, although if you are new to Scouting you can still join us.

We are always looking for parent help on evenings and activities so if you would like to get involved as a helper or even becoming a Leader then please get in touch online or speak to Rory or Steve.

Activities and what you’ll get up to

Build and develop your confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills. Explore your beliefs and attitudes and be creative. Gain independence and put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips.


Scouts start small but think big, always challenging themselves to do more and be more. It starts with an award. Who knows where it might lead?

Scouts Promise

As a Values-based movement, we all make “The Promise” an oath that helps us to be our best

Uniform and badge placement

You don’t need a uniform to join. But once you’ve settled in, you’ll start speedily earning badges, and you’ll need to know where to put them!

Moving up to Explorers

Eventually, it’ll be time to embrace your next big adventure

Scout Leaders

All of our leaders are trained volunteers working to make Scouts the best it can be, but we don’t just need swashbuckling adventurers to lead our expeditions. We also need tidy-uppers and tea-makers and great listeners from all walks of life – for as much or as little time as they can spare.