How the Scout family works

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts join a Scout Group within Clackmannanshire.  Explorer Scouts and Scout Network take part in a District Programme, with other young people from around the Wee County.  To find out more about each of the Sections, including news, reports from events, upcoming events and more, please click on the section's logo.

Boys and girls aged 6-25 years old can be part of the adventure of Scouting.  The programme is divided into five age-ranges as follows:


Beaver Scouts are our youngest members and are aged 6-8 years old.  They usually meet weekly 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.


Cub Scouts are aged 8-10.5 years old.  The Cub Scouts collectively are normally referred to as the Cub Pack and can be split into smaller groups called Sixes. Cubs take part in a wide range of activities designed to be interesting and challenging. A weekly 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 are aged 10.5-14 years old and each 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.

Rock climbing, potholing, gliding, photography and international experiences are just some of the things they get up to.


Explorers are aged 14-18 years old and 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.

There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.


Scout Network is the fifth and final section of the Scouting movement and are aged 18-25 years old. Scout Network members take part in a variety of activities, which they undertake and organise themselves with the support of a Scout Network Leader.

Example activities include abseiling, camping, circus skills, climbing, go-karting, gorge walking, hiking, pioneering and watersports.