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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 Squirrels Drey and have completed the readiness 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

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

You can sign up for our online information, 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.

Find out more about Squirrels

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.

Check out the Squirrels Appreciation Day badge

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.

Check out the Disney fun badge

Nights Away Staged badge

Your Squirrels can now earn their Nights Away Staged badge!

As of the end of January 2023, Squirrels nights away has been permitted in POR and can form part of your programme.

Youth social action 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 youth social action 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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