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Introduction To Network

Network is the fifth and final training section of Scouting, for those aged 18-25. The program involves a mix of activities from traditional scouting skills to more modern adventurous activities and social elements. From joint events with local Networks, to national camps, and beyond to international expeditions. Members don’t get badges like the younger sections, and instead work towards the highest awards available in Scouting (click the links below for more details):

  • The Queen’s Scout Award, running alongside the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award and seen by many as the pinnacle of a Scouting life.
  • The Explorer Belt, an international expedition exploring life in a foreign country away from the usual tourist areas.
  • The Scouts of the World Award, an internationally run award based on an adventure and a service element on a particular theme.

Who are we?

Network is a County section, and as such isn’t really tied to the boundaries that Districts use. Instead, a Network can, and will, exist anywhere it’s required, be it as part of a Scout group or covering two entire districts. At the moment there are groups covering the following areas: Handsworth; Great Barr and Erdington; Sutton Coldfield; Castle Bromwich and Sheldon; and Selly Oak.

Although, with members over the age of 18, Network is perfectly capable of running itself, each group is looked after by a leader and there is a County Scout Network Commissioner in place to help support each Network.

What we do

Each group has their own varied program of events, but as a county we meet up a few times a year for something bigger (click links for event info).

  • A large scale Easter Egg hunt requiring both traditional scouting skills and modern navigational cheats.
  • A summer camp incorporating the three main things that define Network: Service, Social and Adventure.
  •  A Monopoly run around Birmingham city centre.

On top of those three events, we also meet sporadically to challenge each other in a variety of competitions to win the coveted* (* – lie) Challenge Trophy.

Beyond County events, there are a number of National events taking place throughout the year open to anyone in Network (and occasionally beyond), handily these have been added the the Scout Network Map on Facebook.

Get Involved

If you’d like to get involved with Network in your area, follow the link below

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Want To Know More?

For more info on the section itself, please visit the following websites:

National Support Pages National Network

Resources

Membership of Network is a bit more complicated than other sections, as a lot of members will also be leaders elsewhere and so are officially recorded as such. To attempt to save some confusion along the line there is a membership form to be filled in for all members each year. Membership fees are determined by each individual group.

Over time, there will be some documents put together to help Network run more smoothly, watch this space.