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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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Running a Squirrel Drey

Find out everything you need to know to run an amazing Squirrels programme that focuses on making new friends, having new experiences and learning skills for life.

How to start a Squirrel Drey

Everything you need to know to get started in opening your own Squirrels Drey.

Get started on opening your own section >
How to run a Squirrel Drey

Getting to grips with the basics? We’ve put together everything you need. 

Find out how to keep your section running smoothly >
Programme planning for Squirrels

Get information and advice on planning great programmes, based on the Squirrels activity and challenge badges.

Find out how to plan your programme >
Learn and develop your skills

Everything you need to know for getting started as a Squirrels volunteer and about working with Squirrels.

Discover the learning >
Furthering reach in your local area

Support everyone in the local community to participate as a volunteer or Squirrel.  

Find out about furthering reach >
Welcoming new Squirrels and moving on

Whether you’re welcoming the shyest of newcomers or need help preparing older Squirrels for moving onto Beavers, we’ve got you covered.

Check our advice >
Express your interest to open a Squirrels Drey

If you've decided that you'd like to start a new Squirrel Drey and have completed the Starting a Squirrel Drey checklist, please complete the form to express your interest.

This should be done by Group Scout Leaders, with the District Commissioner carrying out a final review.

Thinking about Squirrels - try out Open a Drey May!

Are you wanting to find out more about Squirrels or considering opening a Drey? There are lots of opportunities to discover more.

You can sign up for our online information call Thinking About Squirrels, as well as question and answer sessions with the Early Year's team to find out more our newest and youngest section in Scouts, Squirrels.

But why not check out our amazing 'Open a Drey May' calendar. Full of useful resources for each day in May with lots more to keep your eye out for in May, so keep your eyes peeled!

Open a Drey May Calendar

Squirrel Leaders should complete all the mandatory trainings:

There is also optional, Squirrel specific training:

Take a look at the main training pages for more information: 

Programme updates noticeboard

As new material and programme updates are released, this notice board will be updated for quick access to Squirrel Programme Updates.

Squirrels Appreciation Day fun badge

With Squirrels Appreciation Day on the 21 January, new activities and a fun badge have been created to celebrate our furry friends.

Disney partnership and fun badges

We're delighted to announce we've joined forces with Disney to create a range of fun badges for Squirrels.

Together we've co-designed a programme of exciting new activities to teach our youngest Scouts the values of confidence, kindness and courage.

The Squirrels YouShape Award is here!

We're delighted to announce the YouShape Award has dropped for Squirrels. It’ll help them step up, speak up and shape their future.

Squirrels might be young, but that doesn’t mean they can’t dream big. The YouShape Award gets them thinking (and they aren’t short of ideas), starting them on their leadership journeys.

Community Impact in Squirrels

Getting young people thinking about the world around them and their role in it is integral to Scouts. No social action activity is too small.

Share your experiences to encourage social action in Squirrels.

Fill out the Community Impact form

Our Strategy - Skills for Life

Help support our goal to deliver more young people the skills they need in life.

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