From the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section, and in 1967, Venture Scouts were formed from existing senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections.
During the late 1990s we decided that, to meet the changing needs of young people, there should be two sections for the over 14s: Explorer Scouts for the 14 to 18 year olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.
Scout Network allows 18 to 25 year-olds who have an interest in both Scouting and their own personal development, and ultimately want to have fun, the opportunity to do so.
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, Award work, bowling, camping, circus skills, climbing, cooking, games, go-karting, gorge walking, hiking, pioneering, shooting and watersports.
Young adults aged between 18 and 25 are eligible to register as Scout Network members.
To find details of your nearest Scout Network, click the ‘Join in The Adventure’ link at the top of this page.
If you’re moving away from home, far example to go to university, you can carry on Scouting through Scout Network or by informing your District Commissioner or similar that you are relocating. They will be able to put you in contact with the County Commissioner for the area you are moving to and pass them your details.
Another option is SSAGO, the Student Scout and Guide Organisation. SSAGO has branches at many universities and is open to all students at university or higher education college in the UK.
As a part of Network , our young people can aim high for one of our Top Awards during their time with us. From completing challenges in a new country, to earn the Explorer Belt to becoming the best version of themselves as they work to gain their Chief Scout's Platinum, Chief Scout's Diamond and Queen’s Scout awards. Many also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award along the way.
If you are interested in any of these Awards, speak to your ESL.
Download the DofE enrolment form
Download the DofE Activity Logbook