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Programme planning

Everything you need to build a quality programme for your Squirrel Drey.

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 this form to express your interest. This should be done by Group Scout Leaders and the District Commissioner will then carry out a final review

Squirrels programme

Practical, engaging and creative activities for four and five year olds. Fun, inclusive and grounded in teaching skills for life.

Find out more about the programme >
Squirrels starter programme

A ready made fifteen week programme to get Squirrel Dreys up and running.

Plan your first term using the Squirrels starter programme. >
Squirrels annual occasions and events programme

Check out this calendar list of annual holidays, celebrations, occasions and awareness days with Squirrel session plans.

Plan sessions for your programme throughout the year >
Planning ahead and organising

All the tools you need to make your programme a success by planning ahead and getting organised.

Check out the planning tools >
Activity finder

Explore some of the fantastic activities available in Squirrels. Mix and match to build a quality programme.

Discover the activities >
Reading stories for Squirrels

Find top tips on story telling as well as stories for badges and awards.

Reading stories with Squirrels >
Badges and awards in Squirrels

The curriculum's been created for young people to earn specially designed Activity Badges, Awards and Occasional and Fun Badges. Squirrels can also work towards Staged Activity Badges.

Take a look at the badges >
Behaviour in the programme

Ensure that everyone enjoys Squirrels with these top tips for best behaviour .

Learn more about behaviour >
Programme quality

Use the Quality Programme Checker to help you deliver a fun, exciting and varied programme.

Use the checker >
Running a meeting

Explore how to make Squirrels fun, exciting and skills-building with these top tips.

Read the top tips >
Help Young Leaders be the best they can be

Find out why Young Leaders are important in Squirrels and how you can support them.

Learn how to support Young Leaders >
Tips for involving parents and carers

Look at what you can do to share Squirrels with parents and carers, and how you can support them to get involved.

Read our tips for getting people involved >
Youth social action in Squirrels

Get your young people thinking about and taking part in Youth Social Action.

Explore how to get involved >