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The scout section is for boys and girls aged between 10 ½ and 14 years. The scout troop is split into patrols of between 6 and 10 scouts; each patrol has a patrol leader (PL) and an assistant patrol leader (APL), who are generally older and more responsible scouts who have more experience and can help and teach the younger scouts. Patrols are named, usually after wild animals. Traditionally, the scouts could impersonate the call of the animal in question in order to communicate with the other members of their patrol.

In the 1st Shropshire Borders troop, we have three patrols, Eagle, Wolf and Tiger, with a total of 20 scouts (as of March 2014). Recent activities have included a night hike, caving, a summer camp and a survival camp at the Wrekin Campsite. 9 scouts went to the Shropshire County ‘LinX’ camp at the Shropshire Showground in summer 2012, where a fantastic time was had by all.

We work towards badges in order to provide a more structured and varied programme for the young people. Activity badges we have completed recently include Navigation, Naturalist, Electronics and DIY. We have also done the Outdoor and Fitness Challenges.

More information on the scout section in general can be found on the UK Scouting website at

The scout leaders are Jack Evans ([email protected]) and Rob Morby ([email protected]).

Night Hike from Rodney’s Pillar