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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.

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Young adults aged between 18 and 25 are eligible to register as Scout Network members, subject to a satisfactory criminal records check.

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

As a member of the Scout Network you could be:

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

Local Networks can be based at County, District or Group; some may be focused around a specific activity or location, e.g. Gang Show, Activity Centre, climbing or canoeing.

Scout Network programmes will reflect the huge variation in Members' interests.

Some local Networks will have activities that concentrate on one area of the programme, whilst others will have a wider range.

One of the key elements is the opportunity to get away, either under canvas or in other accomodation.

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