17th Purley, St. John’s Old Coulsdon Scout Group, which is sponsored by St. John’s Church, believe in preparing young people with skills for life. They encourage young people to do more, learn more and be more. Each week, they help young people aged 6-17 enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future. These include teamwork, leadership and resilience – skills that have helped Scouts across the world become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians. Bringing people together, they celebrate diversity and stand against intolerance, always. They’re part of a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures.Beavers (6–8) Beaver Scouts are the youngest members. They meet weekly (term time) to take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities. They will also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of camps and sleepovers. It may be the first time they spend a night away from home so it’s a real adventure for them. Cubs (8-10½) The Cub Scout Pack is split into smaller groups called Sixes. Cubs take part in a wide range of activities designed to be interesting and challenging. A Cub Scout meeting consists of games and activities with plenty of time spent outdoors. Camps and holidays are some of the most memorable events of the year for Cubs. Scouts (10½–14) The Scout Troop consists of small units of six to eight Scouts called a Patrol, usually 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. Explorer Scouts (14–18) Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections. You can also follow the 17th Purley Scout Group on Facebook. For more information or to join email.