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The Squirrels programme

Find out about the Squirrels programme and how to make it exciting and interesting.

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.

Ensure you have read the readiness checklist before you complete this short form

Fun, inclusive and grounded in teaching skills for life, the Squirrels programme has been specially developed for young people aged four and five years old. The meetings are grounded in teaching skills for life through practical, engaging and creative activities.

Squirrels are managed locally, with a maximum of 24 young people. Most Dreys meet on a weekday evening, with special events like days out scheduled throughout the year. Others might meet less frequently, or on the weekends, depending on local arrangement.

Reading stories with Squirrels

Storytelling is an important part of every meeting, and will be a highlight of the young person’s experience. However, we realise that not everyone feels confident or comfortable when it comes to storytelling.

We’ve created some top tips to help everyone feel comfortable with storytelling, as well as a collection of free stories and a list of books you can borrow, for each badge and award in the programme.

Find stories for your Squirrel programme >
Programme planning tool

For a quick and easy way to plan your Squirrels programme, use the programme planning tool.

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Running a meeting

Follow these top tips to make your meetings a success!

Discover how to run a meeting >
Planning your sessions

To get you started with your Squirrels meetings, we’ve put together a ready-made programme that you can run for 15 weeks (a full term).

Jump into your first term of Squirrels >