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Scouting for adults ages 18 to 25

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Try more. See more. Do more. At Scout Network, you’ll stand on your own two feet, and make memories to last a lifetime.

Joining Scout Network is a flexible way to continue your personal development through Scouting. As a Member of Scout Network you’ll be able to have a say in the types of activities and events you get involved in, so you can tailor your experience to your own interests and your own commitments.

Who are we?

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. In 2022, the Scout Network celebrates 20 years. 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.

The Scout Network is for people aged 18 to 25 who want to continue (or start!) their own Scouting. Many members are also Leaders with younger sections, but this is not a requirement.  There is no charge to belong to Network.

All adult leaders 18-25 are automatically members and all Explorers who turn 18, and anyone else in the age group, can join. They are encouraged to participate in Network activities, where they can take part in projects and achieve awards such as Chief Scout’s Diamond, Queen’s Scout, Explorer Belt and Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver and Gold.  The Network website links Networks across the UK.

Moving about?

If you move away from your home area to study or work why not join Scouting in your new area?  You can be a member of Network in both and an Adult Leader in both, picking up again back home during holidays.  In our Region we welcome those who have come here to study, so get in touch for information.

For further details about Scout Network in Scotland see Scouts Scotland page: Scout Network (Scotland).
For information about the recent changes to Scout Network, see the Scouts UK page: Scout Network. and their Scout Network FAQ page.

Network Scouts on Gold DofE expedition

Scout Network in SE Region

During the current transitional period the Assistant Regional Commissioner (Network) is John Buchanan, who is also ARC (Explorers).  He will work to support and coordinate the Scout Network across the Region.  Ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

ARC Network

John Buchanan

Projects for Scout Network

South East Scotland Region carried out a survey in which all members of Scouting in the 18-25 age group were invited to indicate what projects or activities might interest them, apart from the role of Adult Leader (which most held).  Those who replied were interested mainly in three areas:

  1. Awards: Duke of Edinburgh’s
  2. Awards: Chief Scout’s Diamond and Queen’s Scout
  3. Explorer Belt expeditions

In addition, Network members often choose to work towards permits in Adventurous Activities, such as watersports  and hillwalking, and we would heartily encourage this.  Please note that some funding may be available to support this.

The Network website allows Network members to create and participate in all manner of projects, and is definitely worth a look.

Scouting has given me access to meeting people and having so many experiences that have given me a different life perspective.

Callum, Network Member, 20

“I’ve had some fantastic opportunities, like helping out at international camps and working with people from lots of different countries.”

Alasdair, Scout Network, 22


  • Active adventure
  • Volunteering
  • Camping
  • Leadership
  • Team work
  • Event planning