SCOUT NETWORK IS CHANGING  - the exciting new look will be rolled out over the Summer in Burton Upon Trent District  The Highest Award is the Queens Scout Award


  • All Members of The Scout Association aged 18 to 25 will be Members of the Scout Network.
  • All 18-25 year olds associated with a District will automatically become a member of the District Scout Network. 18-25 year olds can be members of multiple District Networks simultaneously.
  • All 18-25 year olds who are members of a District Scout Network, as well as those who are not associated with a District, are also automatically members of the UK Scout Network.
  • If a member of the UK Scout Network takes an appointment within one or more Districts, they will automatically become a member of the District Scout Networks associated with those Districts.
  • All Explorer Scouts will be advised of the options to continue in Scouting as they approach 18 years of age, including adult volunteer roles. They will be made aware that they will become a Member of the District Scout Network automatically, in addition to any other roles, so that they maintain the option to participate in the programme and attain awards.
  • All Members of the Scout Network will be encouraged by the District Scout Network Commissioner and Programme Co-ordinators to form Project Teams to enable them to ‘participate’ in the programme.
  • Project teams can form at District, County, Country or UK level. Network members can participate in any number of project teams at one time.
  • As Members of the Scout Network approach 25 years of age, they will be encouraged to consider continuing with or starting new roles in Scouting. This will not preclude them being made aware of other volunteering opportunities in Scouting during their time as a Member of the Scout Network.
  • All Members of the Scout Network will have access to a digital platform, initially web based, which will allow them to record their membership of Project Teams and participation in the programme. They will have access to information about forthcoming projects so that they can request to join Project Teams (where there is availability) and can review reports from past projects so that they are inspired and encouraged to initiate their own projects.


The purpose of the Scout Network will be: To engage 18-25 year olds in creating and participating in programme opportunities to experience an exciting personal adventure, achieve their full potential and make a positive mark on the world.

The programme, based on the purpose, will be: To enable young adults to participate in personal development opportunities at a time and place to suit them. There will be three Programme Areas: Adventure, International and Community. These will be underpinned by transversal themes including Teamwork, Leadership and Life Skills as appropriate.

The objectives for the three new areas should be:

  • Adventure:
    • Engage in adventurous and other activities that will enable members to:
      • Develop skills and pursue their interests.
      • Develop and use skills to make a difference in their local and Scouting communities.
  • International:
    • Participate in life-changing international activities or experiences that will enable members to:
      • Develop an understanding of global issues that highlight our interdependence as citizens of the world.
      • Make a positive contribution to address global issues.
  • Community:
    • Take practical action in the service of others that will enable members to:
      • Create positive social change that is of benefit to a wider community.
      • Develops the individual in taking action.
      • Build strong links and appreciation for difference between Scouts and between others in the Community.

All members of The Scout Association between 18 and 25 years are members of the Scout Network.

Graham Rothery
District Commissioner