Birmingham Network

Network - 18 to 25 years

Your Scout experience doesn’t need to stop when you turn 18. Welcome to Network: our show-stopping, skill-boosting section for under-25s.

Scout Network is our fifth and final section for 18-25 year olds.

Whether you’re completely new to Scouts or have been with us since you were 5 years old, joining is a great way to meet new people, seek out new challenges and see the world. Because being a grown up shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun.

What do Network members get up to?

Scout Network connects 20,000 18-25 year olds across the UK, and gives them the opportunity to take part in a huge range of exciting projects and events centred on the themes of ‘Adventure’, ‘Community’ and ‘International’.

Whether you’re organising a local meet-up or a once in a lifetime trip to the Amazon, it’s all about working together to build new skills, seek out new experiences and make a difference in the world. 

Network updates

Our latest Network related news

The Network program involves a mix of activities from traditional scouting skills to more modern adventurous activities and social elements.

Network groups are flexibly run and self-led with opportunities to work towards a number of Top Awards:

The Queen’s Scout Award, seen as the top award for youth members in Scouting, which runs alongside the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award.

You can sign up for the DofE award here.

The Explorer Belt, an international expedition exploring life in a foreign country away from the usual tourist areas.

Members are presented the coveted Explorer Belt to wear on successful completion of the award.

The Scouts of the World Award, an internationally run award based on an adventure and a service element on a particular theme. 

This award is unique to Scout Network, and is a truly international award completed by 18-25 year olds involved in Scouting worldwide.

Each District has their own varied program of events, but as a county we meet up a few times a year for something bigger.  Further afield, there are countless opportunities to get involved in National events open to Networkers, with some being organised exclusively for adults.  There are also international opportunities, such as the World Scout Moot which takes place every four years in a different country around the world and plentiful opportunities to get involved in international events as an adult supporter. 

How often do Network members meet up?

Each District is different.  Network members don’t necessarily meet every week. Some might meet a few times a year to complete a single project together. Others might dive into lots of different projects at once, or meet locally more regularly.
No matter how you’d like to do things, advice on how to get the most out of projects and events can be found here.

Who runs Scout Networks?

Members manage their own journey, organising their own projects with the support of a District Scout Network Commissioner. Throughout their journey, they might also interact with Assistant County Commissioners (Network) – who assist with Network activity throughout the wider County – and the UK Scout Network Commissioner, who oversees Network activity across the whole of the UK.
Scout Network operates on a pay as you play basis.  Each District operates its own system for funding events and activities. 

How do I find my local Scout Network?

There are currently five Scout Networks in each of the Districts in Birmingham:

Cole Valley - Contact Abigail Gregory 

Rea Valley - Contact Kate Knutton 

Spitfire - Contact Charlotte Seabourne 

Sutton East (meets jointly with Sutton West) - Contact Sean Ruddock

Sutton West (meets jointly with Sutton East) - Contact Sean Ruddock

Tame Valley - Contact Volkan Ceylan

If you’d rather not be affiliated with a specific group, you can still take part by signing up to be a part of the wider UK Scout Network only.


Network members wear a stone shirt or blouse with an added Scout Network uniform badge. If they like, they can also wear the nationwide UK Scout Network Scarf or their local District Scout Network scarf (known as a necker).