Be the best you can be
Your Scout experience doesn't need to stop when you turn 18. Welcome to Network: our show-stopping, skill-boosting section for 18-25 year olds.
Whether you're completely new to Scouts or have been with us since you were 6 years old, joining is a great way to meet new people, seek out new challenges and see the world. Because being a grown up shouldn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun.
Take the lead and achieve the top awards...
Take the lead and achieve the top awards...
What do Network members get up to?
Scout Network connects 20,000 18-25 year olds across the UK, and gives them the opportunity to take part in a huge range of exciting projects and events centred on the themes of 'Adventure', 'Community' and 'International'. Whether you're organising a local meet-up or a once in a lifetime trip to the Amazon, it's all about working together to build new skills, seek out new experiences and make a difference in the world.
Network groups are flexibly run and self-led. Members can create profiles on the Scout Network website , using the platform to meet others with similar goals and share their progress. There are 395 virtual badges currently available to achieve, and members can also work towards a number of Top Awards. A full list of badges and awards can be found here
How often do Network members meet up?
Local arrangements will vary. Network members don’t necessarily meet every week. Some might meet a few times a year to complete a single project together. Others might dive into lots of different projects at once, or meet locally more regularly.
No matter how you’d like to do things, advice on how to get the most out of projects and events can be found here.
Who leads Network?
Members manage their own journey, organising their own projects with the support of the District Scout Network Commissioner. Throughout their journey, they might also interact with the Assistant County Commissioner for Network – who assist with Network activity throughout the wider County – and the UK Scout Network Commissioner, who oversees Network activity across the whole of the UK.
Promise, Law and Ceremonies
Every Networker is unique, but they find common ground in their shared Scout values, and make a promise to stick by them.
Making a promise when you join the Unit is a way of celebrating these values.
Every time a new Networker decides to join, they chat through their promise with a leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Networkers. Family and friends might come along to see this, too. The process usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in, and is known as being 'invested' into Scout Network.
The Scout Law is the same for all members of Scouts, Explorers, Network and all other adults. It is as follows:
A Scout is to be trusted.
A Scout is to be loyal.
A Scout is friendly and considerate.
A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouting.
A Scout has courage under all difficulties.
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of posessions and property.
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
So, how do I join?
To get involoved, look at our Bebington Scout Network page and get in touch.
Network is open to all, and we can usually tweak things to make sure everyone can join in the fun. If you have any questions about accessibility, chat with your local leader as soon as possible. By being upfront from the start, parents/carers can work in partnership with local leaders to make sure their young person has the best opportunities. More information on specific adjustments can be found here .
Our subscription fees (subs for short) vary group by group, they include the following:
- Membership of The Scout Association
- Insurance for all Scout related activities in the UK
- All badges (you may be charged a small fee for replacements)
- A necker (you may be charged a small fee for replacements)
- Section night activities. The only exception is if we do an outside activity but advance notice will be given if any extra is needed
- Most importantly, lots of opportunities and fun
Lots of young people are itching to join Scouts, so you might need to wait for a space to become available.
If your local group has a waiting list, parents and other adults might be able to solve the problem. We don’t just need swashbuckling adventurers to lead expeditions. We also need listeners, tidy-uppers and tea-makers, for as little or as much time as they can spare. If your parents or carers are curious about giving it a go but don’t want to overcommit, why not ask them to complete our four-week volunteering challenge? Every hour counts, and everyone is welcome.
You could always try the Four Week Challenge . This is a test drive of Scouting. It's a try-before-you-buy with no commitment to see if volunteering is right for you.More volunteering information
Uniform and Badge Placement
This diagram shows the correct placement for badges on the Network/Adult uniform. If you have any queries, please do get in touch with a leader who will be able to advise you.
Uniforms and other Scout merchandise can be purchased from the Wirral Scout Shop.
Please note that the shop can only sell badges to registered leaders. For replacement badges, you will need to speak to a leader at your group.