The Scout Network is for 18 to 25 year olds who wish to continue their personal development through Scouting.

There are many different activities and awards available to Scout Network members. Scout Network members can also continue to carry out other roles in Scouting, for example they could be:

  • a Leader with another Section
  • a Helper or Skills Instructor
  • a member of the Scout Fellowship
  • a member in another capacity

In Scotland, Scout Networks are based at District level; some may be focused around a specific activity or location such a Gang Show, an activity centre, climbing or canoeing.

Scout Network programmes reflect the huge variation in Members' interests. Some local Networks have activities that concentrate on one area of the programme, whilst others will have a wider focus. One of the key elements is the opportunity to get away, either under canvas or in other accommodation.

There are many different ways to be a member of the Scout Network. Members don't have to stick with one group of members and can join in with as much or as little as they like, depending on their other commitments.

Scout Network members decide, along with the rest of the Network and leader, what they want to do - whether it's powerboating, socialising, hiking or enjoying a trip abroad. Some Networks could hold their meetings in a hall, at someone's house or even up a mountain!

Network members can gain awards such as the Chief Scout's Diamond, Explorer Belt, Duke of Edinburgh Award and National Governing Body (NGB) awards. The highest award is the Queen's Scout Award, which is recognised by many employers as the sign of someone who is enthusiastic, dedicated and reliable.

Like Explorers, Scout Network members in Scotland can also achieve the Zodiac Plus Award, which gives them opportunity to experience more outdoor camping as well as some fun challenges. Zodiac Plus badges are available from Scottish Headquarters, priced at 60p each. More details and rules for the Zodiac Plus Award can be downloaded from ths page.

Moving On…


More information:

If you are in the Scout Network, why not join our Scottish Scout Network Facebook page?

To contact Paul Crolla, SHQ Commissioner (Network) please

For more detailed information on the Scout Network Programme, check out the Scout Network pages on

Scout Network is the fifth and final section of the Scouting movement. 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 the 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 14 to 18-year-olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.




Scout Network gives opportunities to 18-25 year olds who have an interest in Scouting, their own personal development and having fun.

Find your Scout Network.



Scout Network members take part in a variety of activities, which they undertake and organise themselves under the leadership of a District Scout Network Commissioner and sometimes with the support of a Programme Coordinator.
The Programme is divided into three Programme Areas: Community, International and Adventure. 



All young adults, that are members of the association and are aged between 18 and 25 in Scouting are members of the Scout Network.
This applies to members holding the following roles:
•    Section Leader / Assistant Section Leader (all sections)
•    Group Scout Leader / Assistant Group Scout Leader
•    Scout Active Support Manager
•    District Commissioner / Deputy District Commissioner / Assistant District Commissioner
•    District Explorer Scout Commissioner
•    District Scout Network Commissioner
•    District Scouter / District Explorer Scout Leader
•    County Commissioner / Deputy County Commissioner / Assistant County Commissioner (including Area/Region/Bailiwick alternatives)
•    County Training Manager / Local Training Manager (including Area/Region/Bailiwick alternatives)
•    County Scouter (including Area/Region/Bailiwick alternatives)
•    Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinator
•    County Media Manager (including Area/Region/Bailiwick alternatives)
•    District and County Youth Commissioners

To find details of your nearest Scout Network contact the Information Centre at

The Scout Network website


Launched in April 2016, the Scout Network website is a place for Network members to create projects, events and connect with like minded members from across the UK. Take a look:


Membership Fees


From 2016 onwards, Members of all Scout Networks will not be required to pay the National Membership Subscription. In essence, this will mean that Scout Network will be ‘free’ to join. Of course, Districts and Counties may continue to charge local fees but we would encourage Districts and Counties to consider the appropriateness of this, bearing in mind that many Members of Scout Network will already be adult volunteers.



If you're moving away from home, for study or for work, you can carry on Scouting through Scout Network (or as an adult volunteer) by informing your District Scout Network Commissioner that you are relocating. They will be able to put you in contact with the District Scout Network Commissioner for the area you are moving to and pass them your details. Over time, you will be able to manage ‘moving’ to another District via the UK Scout Network website.

The Scout Promise


On my honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law

Other alternative promises are avaliable. For information visit POR Chapter 1 Fundamentals

The Scout Law


1. A Scout is to be trusted. 
2. A Scout is loyal. 
3. A Scout is friendly and considerate. 
4. A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts. 
5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties. 
6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
7. A Scout has self- respect and respect for others. 

The Scout Motto


Be Prepared




Scout Network members may wear an adult leader uniform with a Scout Network uniform badge. This consists of a stone shirt/blouse. Scout Network Members can choose to wear either the UK Scout Network Scarf or District Scout Network scarf (often called a necker).

Uniform and other clothing items can be purchased from Scout Store here



The Scout Network flag is grey, bearing the Scout symbol and the Scout Motto.

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