Network is the fifth and final training section of Scouting, for those aged 18-25.
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):
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.
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).
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.
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.