Northampton District Scouts is one of six scouting Districts within the County of Northamptonshire and is the largest uniformed Youth organisation within the town.
We change lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.
What’s in it for the young people?
Well, besides the obvious opportunities to get out and take part in the many activities available to them, Scouting teaches Young People life-long skills that will help prepare them to take a full role in their communities in their adult life. Team building, communication, emergency aid, self-awareness, planning, commitment, leadership and many more all form part of the programme that shapes the young people and gives them a very positive boost in future employment.
Without doubt, scouting is a life-changing adventure, Northampton District aims to provide the very best opportunities from the youngest to the oldest. Our Groups are active and supported by a District team who seek to provide additional opportunities for the young people to explore. We have an amazing camping and activity centre at Overstone as well as an activity and mountain centre just outside the Snowdonia National park in North Wales within the landscape of the Berwyn Mountain range. The District also puts on a Gang Show in May each year at Northampton Royal & Derngate theatre as well as running an Emergency Aid Team and a District Band. All these compliment an extensive range of activities offered by our groups including camps, (both at home and abroad), climbing, shooting, archery, mountain expeditions, international opportunities and many, many more.
What do our adults do?
Without our adult volunteers the life-changing adventure simply does not happen. The support adults provide range from the more direct youth provision in sections through to the managerial and administrative support vital to keep the wheels turning.
Our section leaders, assistants and supporters ensure the programme we provide our young people is high quality. They ensure our young people have a great time in taking part and our adults are not excluded from the fun. To ensure they are effective at this there is a strong support network who take responsibility for in ensuring meeting halls, finances, record keeping, fund –raising are all looked after to let the leaders do what they do best – providing the programme for our young people. Scouting also benefits our adults in their professional life with many skills acquired through scouting directly transferrable to the work-place. Key to all of this is that they adults enjoy what they do and get as much fun from the adventure as the young people do.
Search for your local scout group to find out how you too can be part of the great adventure that is scouting.