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Scout Network allows 18 to 25 year-olds who have an interest in both Scouting and their own personal development, and ultimately want to have fun, the opportunity to do so.

So why join Scout Network

When you reach 18 life starts to look a bit different. Often more opportunities and responsibility present themselves. This means that your scouting life needs to be flexible to fit in with how life maybe changing.

The Network is the perfect community for 18-25 year olds to continue Scouting or start their Scouting journey and join 20,000+ other members who are independently or working together on projects and events around adventure, international and community.

Scout Network members take part in a variety of activities, which they undertake and organise themselves with the support of a Scout Network Leader.

Example activities include:

Abseiling, award work, bowling, camping, circus skills, climbing, cooking, games, go-karting, gorge walking, hiking, pioneering, shooting and water sports.

So what are projects and events?

A project should have an impact beyond the immediate team who are working on the project. For a project to be successful the series of tasks need to be planned well, there should be a result/outcome, efficient resources and a timeline.

An event is a single activity that can take place at any given time; an event could be taking part in a climbing session. You may be inspired by this activity and decide to turn it into a project by hosting a weekend climbing session for local schools in your area. You can find out more about project and events here. The flexibility of doing events and projects is you can work on these at a time, place and  pace that suits you!


Young adults aged between 18 and 25 are eligible to register as Scout Network members, subject to a satisfactory criminal records check.

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Report: Petworth Park Camp 2022
07/05/2022 By Chris Evans

Scouts & Guides have been camping over the May Bank Holiday weekend in Petworth Park since 1979 and this year we returned following 2 virtual camps in 2020 and 2021. We had Scouts & Guides from across the area including Billingshurst, Storrington, Fittleworth, Petworth, Midhurst, Plaistow, Easebourne, Pulborough and Ifold.

On Saturday everyone arrived and setup camp before our opening ceremony which was a very emotional moment; to have 300 people all together again in one place, many of whom had never been to the camp before as they should’ve come for the first time in 2020 or 2021. On Saturday afternoon we assembled our World Record Attempt to make the longest line of sleeping bags in the world. The record stands at 258, we got 326 and our special guests the High Sheriff of West Sussex James Whitmore and his wife were our independent witnesses and counters and they got into the spirit of the attempt with great enthusiasm. The rest of the afternoon was spent on our Platinum Challenge – 70 tasks ranging from crossing a monkey bridge and launching a bottle rocket to making a paper plane or singing campfire songs at the subcamp leaders!

Sunday is our main activity day with a huge range of things to do including climbing and abseiling, mountain biking, archery, rifle shooting, a 65ft inflatable obstacle course, make and do, paddleboarding, fire lighting, axe throwing, aerial runway, grass sledges, backwoods cooking, knot boards, laser clay pigeon shooting and the reaction challenge. All of the young people had a great time and not even a sprinkling of rain could slow things down.

That’s not all, the Scouts & Guides also cooked their meals over fires, played wide games, did quizzes and taskmaster in their subcamps, explored the park and most importantly made new friends from around the area that they wouldn’t be able to do any other way.

It was wonderful to be all together back under canvas in the park and a huge Thank You goes to the young people for being so fantastic but also to the huge group of volunteers who make this camp and Scouting & Guiding happen throughout our area every week. From organising the camp to first aid, driving the minibus, cooking the meals and even cleaning the toilets, everyone was so pleased to be back together and that is what it is all about.

See the Petworth Park Camp facebook page for more information and photos

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