What is Scouting?
Scouting is a movement of self-education for young people. The Scout Movement comprises national Scout organisations to which the individual members belong. The individual members are the young people that Scouting serves and adults who join in order to contribute to the development of Scouting’s youth members. The unity of the Movement is ensured by the World Organization of the Scout Movement which serves recognised national Scout organisations.
Cubs (7-12 years old)
Cub Scouts are boys and girls between the ages of seven and twelve and a half. The objective of the Cub Scouts program is to provide a group environment which is intellectually stimulating, physically vital and directed towards satisfying the child’s basic need to face and overcome challenges. Self-developmental activities are a well-entrenched components of the overall drive towards encouraging “Fun & Discovery” amongst the Cubs.
The activities are based on the natural sense of fun and enthusiasm of the age group and thus the training is achieved largely through games, interaction in small groups and activities.
Scouts (12-16 years old)
Scouts is for young people aged between 12 and 16. At this point in their lives, Scouts show great enthusiasm for activities that give them a sense of achievement and follow their special interests with intensity. During these years, the tailor-activities focus make young Scouting an experience in which young people gain character- developing qualities while having fun.
Their achievements they gain from the series of tests and training will earn them a series of Badges, which give them a more in depth knowledge of Scouting skills and mark achievements in areas such as interest hobbies, first-aids, campcraft, air and water activities to become a better person both to their country and improving the environment.
Unit Leaders (ages 21+) are uniformed appointments (e.g. Cub Scout Leader, Asst Cub Scout Leaders, Scout Leader, Venture Scout Leader, etc.) and would usually require weekly. Leaders are responsible for planning programmes and activities for their sections, and are entrusted with the smooth running of their units with the support of the Group Scout Leader and Asst Group Scout Leader.
Aside from on-the-job training, The Singapore Scout Association provides all Leaders with Induction and Wood Badge (Advanced Unit Leader Training) courses at the national level to ensure that Leaders are equipped with the tools of the trade necessary to survive and thrive! It may sound like a tough job, but the knowledge that being a Unit Leader makes a direct positive impact on the lives of young people also makes it one of the most rewarding and enjoyable appointments an adult may hold.