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Gosport District Scout Council

A Million Hands Make Light Work

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A million hands make light work

A new poll has discovered that 82% of the UKs young people believe it’s important for today’s youth to tackle social issues, but only 36% of one thousand 12-24 year olds believe there is an opportunity to do so.

…to help other people

Scouts help other people, we state it in our Scout Promise. Helping others have only ever been litter picking and washing cars but with A Million Hands we can change from being merely ‘useful’ to making a life-changing impact. Together we can immobilise half a million Scouts to help inspire more youth volunteering and social action across the UK.

Issues chosen by young people

Our young people themselves identified four key issues to take action on: improving the lives of those affected by dementia; improving the lives of the disabled, improving the mental wellbeing and resilience of families and ensuring everyone everywhere has access to clean water and sanitation. Across Hampshire Scouts have already signed up for this.

Get involved

Are you ready to help young people change the world?

A Million Hands is an on-going community impact project that focuses on four key issues, picked by young people.

Visit the website, tell us how many of your young people will take part and download your starter pack.

We made a Promise to help others…let's show the world we mean it.

Click here to get involved


Welcome to the website for the Gosport District Scout Council. Here, you can lookup useful information about scouting in Gosport. The information provided here, includes links to sites run by the scout groups of Gosport and more. The site is updated on an almost daily basis.

There is more to Scouting than just Scouts. Scouting is organised into sections, each targeting a particular age range and there are "specialist" groups such as Land Scouts, Air Scouts, Sea Scouts and Scout Link (Special Needs). There is even a section for adults who wish to support Scouting called Scout Active Support.


6 to 8 Years old.

Beaver Scouts are young people usually aged between six and eight years old. They belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday. They can move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, between eight and eight years six months.


8 to 10½ years old.

There are loads of fun things that you can do as a Cub Scout. You will get a chance to try lots of different activities like swimming, music, exploring, computing and collecting. If you do them properly you will get a badge which you can wear on your uniform.


10½ to 14 years old

The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years. Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenges awards and activity badges. The Scout Troop is the third and final Section in the Scout Group.



14 years upto 18 birthday

Explorer Scouts are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

A group of Explorer Scouts is called a Unit.

In Gosport we have one Unit that meet once a week, Friday’s (19:30 - 21:30) normally at the District HQ. Explorer Scouting is activity based camping, hikeing, archery, shooting and climbing plus loads of other activities. There is also a range of ambitious badges and awards, through which Explorers can demonstrate their proficiencies and expand their interests.

More Details on Gosport Explorers can be found on there web site www.gosportexplorerscouts.btck.co.uk

Young Leaders' Scheme

The Young Leaders' Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. All Young Leaders in the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Section who are between the ages of 14 and 18 must be members of an Explorer Scout Young Leaders' Unit. They are Explorer Scouts who choose to devote a large proportion of their time in Scouting to service in another section. The Young Leaders' Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others. The scheme also helps them fulfill the service elements of their awards.

Explorer’s can not return to there previous Scout Troop as a Young Leader for at least 6 months



18 years upto 25 birthday

All members of The Scout Association between 18 and 25 birthday can become members of the Scout Network. As a member of the Scout Network you could be:
- a member of a local Network
- a Leader with another Section
- a Helper or Skills Instructor
- a member of the Scout Active Support
- a member in another capacity


Scout Active Support

Is open to all over the age of 18

Scout Active Support is a group of adults who have one thing in common - a wish to support Scouting. Scout Active Support welcomes men and women of all ages, interests, religion and backgrounds. There is no need to have been involved in Scouting or Guiding before, all that is required is a willingness to give some of your time to Scouting. In return you will make friends and be able to join with others doing whatever you decide. Scout Active Support has its own social and activity programme.

The main reason for Scout Active Support is as the name suggests “to support Scouting at all levels within the District” whilst you have fun



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