What is it all about?

Network is the final youth section in Scouting, for young people aged between 18 and 25 years.

Network members lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support of a Scout Network leader. Members of this section often include Leaders’ or Scout Active Support members, where young people have also taken on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.

Network members are often members of more than one unit, allowing them to continue their scouting while at university or at home during the holidays.

There is wider scope for activities for Network and it is up to the members to steer the unit and organise its program.

Activities for Network

Network members are encouraged to organise and take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme including traditional Scouting skills, such as abseiling, camping, circus skills, climbing, go-karting, gorge walking, hiking, pioneering and watersports.


There is a range of e-badges and awards that Network members can gain to recognise their achievements. These get them, exploring the world around them, taking responsibility for themselves and others, learning new skills and working in teams.  

Whatever their interest there is sure to be a badge to capture their imagination.

Further information about badges and awards for the Scout section can be found here.


Network is normally a bit less structured than the younger sections with the unit often meeting less formally. Meetings may be held once a month, around university holidays or around activities. It is member-driven so it is whatever works for the members.

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