If you join Network Scouts we may send you to Mongolia!
This story, about two Network Scouts, highlights the international challenges these 18-25 year olds can face as part of the unit.
Two Bedford Network Scouts left rainy Bedford this July for a three week adventure in the Mongolian desert. Planned for almost two years, the action-packed trip took in the Chinese Terra Cotta army, a hike down part of the Great Wall of China, a train journey on the Trans Siberian Railway across the Gobi desert and two weeks living in makeshift yurt tents while looking after the feral street children of the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator.
Six foot six inch tall Ed Jenns, a Dane from Harrold, started planning the life changing adventure after a World Scout Jamboree. He was one of the pioneers of a 70-strong Three Nations team from around the UK who organised the trip to support the work of UNICEF in Mongolia.
His fellow explorer, Katy Eagle from Kempston, shared his enthusiasm but had to wait until three months ago for a last minute space. She brought hard-won overseas experience to the partnership. Just 18 months ago she started a two month’s work experience project as a care worker at a school in central India. She said, “The young children I cared for were so delightful I almost brought two home with me.”
They came back with countless tales of their adventures including sleeping out on the Great Wall of China and taking a zip wire high speed trip across a remote 300 foot ravine.
You too can take part in this kind of adventure when you join Luton Network Scouts and there are like-minded Units right across Bedfordshire. Read on…
Scout Network is the fifth section of The Scout Associations youth programme and is for all young adults aged 18-25.
Scouting exists to make young people’s lives better, helping them realise their full potential and make an impact on their community. Scout Network enables this to happen through a programme of projects and events divided into three Programme Areas: Adventure, International and Community.
As a member of Scout Network you can expect to have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of exciting projects and events with 20,000 other 18 to 25 year olds across the UK. You will have the chance to get involved in a variety of activities and can earn virtual badges for your contribution.
Whilst participating in the Scout Network programme of projects and events you will build a great network of friends through working as part of a team. You’ll also learn invaluable life skills and have the opportunity to take the lead and build your leadership skills. No previous experience is necessary and it’s free to join.
Structure and Support
Scout Network is structured in a way that allows members to connect with other 18 to 25 year olds in their local area through the Scout District, supported by the Scout County.
The District Scout Network Commissioner, Assistant County Commissioner (Scout Network) and Programme Coordinators are roles available to support Scout Network members in creating, delivering and participating in the programme of projects and events. They are a great support through this website but also with regular face to face local meetings in your area, just another way to meet members and make friends.
Along with the local Scout Networks members can also take part in projects and events hosted by the UK Scout Network. All members of the Scout Network are members of the UK section and supported by the UK Scout Network Commissioners. You can follow them on twitter @ukscoutnetwork
Projects and Events
There are a wide variety of projects and events that make up the Scout Network programme on offer. Participating in projects and events is also the way to collect virtual badges.
Examples of projects and events you can get involved with:
- Gaining National Governing Body qualifications for activities such as Mountain Leader Awards as well as for Scouting’s in house scheme enabling you to become an Activity Leader.
- Camping and developing practical Scouting skills through Survival Skills weekends or being part of an Expedition team to help complete a Scouting top award such as DofE Gold or Queen’s Scout Award.
- Visiting a country abroad to explore the culture, meet other Scouting members from around the world or get involved in a community project to make a positive impact. If you and other Network members plan an overseas expedition for 10 days, to explore the culture and undertake some projects you are planning an Explorer Belt Award expedition!
- Exploring global issues in the world around us and how we can make a difference and share our knowledge with others.
- Taking part and leading a community project in our society and world that will make a positive difference and impact to those in need of our support. Our Million Hands campaign aims to mobilise half a million Scouts!
- Supporting Scouting to build a more inclusive society, that is open to all. This could include attending events to demonstrate our commitment to equality.
There are 395 virtual badges currently available to achieve from a wide variety of activities, events and countries.
We look forward to welcoming you to the growing Scout Network and wider Scouting family!
For more information go to: www.ukscoutnetwork.org.uk.
To view an animated video introduction click on: Time to Network
Contact Helen Mann our Join Co-ordinator for more details on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel: 0844 414 5687