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What do Sir Richard Branson, Barack Obama, Richard Hammond, David Beckham and Sir David Attenborough all have in common?

You guessed it.. Scouting!

Scouting in Tonbridge

If you think scouting is just about knots and sleeping on the floor in a field then prepare to be surprised. You will more likely hear a tonbridge scout talk about rock climbing, making fires (to cook on!), going go-karting, playing wide-games with other groups and generally loving the outdoors rather than knots, shorts or long socks.

While yes of course knots do come into it (you won’t believe how useful they can be) but scouting has come a long way since the first group started in Tonbridge in 1907. For one thing, you can get a nice comfy air mattress for that field you didn’t want to sleep on. If you are looking for something so engaging and enjoyable that you don’t even think about getting your phone out for 1-2 hours a week then you really should join scouting in Tonbridge and be part of a scouting family of over 450,000 people countrywide.

Age Ranges

SectionAge Range (years)
6-8
8-10½
10½-14
14-18
18-25
18+

What’s the best thing about Beaver Scouts?

Activities, trips and making friends are all part of what makes it so much fun for girls and boys. As well as earning activity badges, many Beavers Scouts get to go on camps and sleepovers, often for the first time.

Beaver Scouts like:

  • Being creative – making things and singing
  • Playing games
  • Going on visits and investigating nature
  • Learning about themselves
  • Getting to know other people
  • Discovering the worlds of science, nature and technology
  • Exploring the natural and manmade world
  • Caring – responding to the needs of others, the local and international community

Cub Scouts enjoy new adventures while making new friends along the way. Their commitment is recognised by over thirty activity badges. As well as regular weekly meeting, Cub Scouts also enjoy activity days, weekend camps and pack holidays.

Boys and girls:

  • Go camping
  • Play games
  • Explore the outdoors
  • Try adventurous activities – such as climbing, sailing and archery
  • Meet people from their local community
  • Experience the culture of other countries
  • Keep themselves and others safe

What don’t Scouts do? At this age, we encourage girls and boys to take responsibility for themselves and each other, with older members leading a small team. They like being with friends and participating fully in the adventure of life. In the Troop Scouts:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Learn emergency aid
  • Spend nights away – the summer camp is often the highlight of the year
  • Help others in the community
  • Cook, both at home and at camp
  • Adventurous and sporting activities – anything from abseiling to zorbing
  • Learn survival skills

Let’s face it, by the age of 14, most young people know what they want. Explorer Scouts therefore have a big say in what they do, while being supported by adult volunteers.

Unit members:

  • Get to try activities such as power boating, sailing, snow and motor sports
  • Flying Kent Scouts microlight
  • Deliver campsite services – running activities or helping with site maintenance
  • Fundraise and help in the community
  • Go on camping expeditions in the UK and abroad
  • Go for The Queen’s Scout Award, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold and the Explorer Belt (a 10 day challenge abroad) – all recognised by universities and employers
  • Train as young leaders – working with an experienced adult, they learn how to run activities for young people aged 6 – 14.

Explorers is run slightly differently because the units are independent of the groups which contain the younger age ranges. We have 8 explorer units across the district. To find the right one for you please see the District Explorer Scout Units.


Network members (aged between 18-25) are expected to organise their own programme, so it is up to them to decide on a programme that suits them. They run at a district level and combine individuals from all of the explorer units. This means it is a melting pot of different experience and new friends so throw your ideas out there and see lots of other networks want to join in.

Networkers:

  • Go camping
  • Cook
  • Partake in international travel
  • Go to social events
  • Take part in adventure activities
  • Have quiet nights in playing board and video games

To join and find out what we get up to join our Tonbridge Network Facebook group or email join@tonbridge-network.org.uk


Scout Active Support has been running in Tonbridge in one form or another for more than 30 years. Its aim is to provide active support to co-educational Scouting, and membership is available for anybody over the age of 18, regardless of any current involvement in Scouting.

Scout Active Support members assist in the running of District and County events such as Tonbridge’s St George’s Day Parade for which they provide organisation and marshalling. Scout Active Support members are also available to help Groups if needed (for example when leader shortages occur).

The Scout Active Support Unit has an active social programme including:

  • Walking weekends
  • Quizzes
  • Treasure hunts
  • Trips abroad

To join you do not need to have a Scouting background or current position elsewhere in the district. If this interests you please contact dc@tonbridge-scouts.org.uk.

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