Old Town has three busy and active Scout Groups, with members largely coming from the Old Town, Eastcott, Okus, Lawns and Kingshill areas of Swindon. We’ve also got a group in Wichelstowe.
Subject to space being available, a young person typically joins the Scout Group around their sixth birthday. Their first two years with us are in the Beaver Scout section, where they enjoy making friends, playing games, experiencing adventures and going on trips. We have Beaver colonies meeting on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Around their eighth birthday, the young person will move up to the Cub Scout pack. There are loads of fun things you can do as a Cub, including swimming, music, exploring, computing and climbing. Cubs typically spend more time away camping than the children will experience in Beavers. Badges can be gained by taking part in activities at Cubs and elsewhere. Our Cub packs meet on Mondays (three packs), Tuesdays (one pack) and Thursdays (one pack).
When aged 10.5, each young person moves to the Scout Troop. Scouts take part in a huge range of activities. A key part of the Scouting programme is outdoor adventure, and Scouts learn a huge range of skills including camping, cooking, bushcraft and teamwork.
Our Scouts take part in an active programme of camps and trips, usually with at least three camps per year:
- Camps where we spend a weekend learning camping skills and experiencing new activities.
- Survival camps, typically taking place in our own plot of woodland outside Swindon, where Scouts experience a weekend sleeping in hammocks or under tarpaulins with limited facilities.
- Summer camps, usually around one week long, for many this is the highight of the Scouting year. This camp could be held in the UK or abroad (12th Swindon Scouts recently camped in Switzerland).
- District camps, where we join together with other local scout groups to all camp together for a weekend of activities.
- Group camps, where the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from a particular group spend a weekend camping together.
12th Swindon is an Air Scout Group. Whilst their focus is on outdoor adventure, like all scout groups, some time is also dedicated to aviation activities. This allows the older Scouts at 12th Swindon to try their hand at gliding, and the group also runs an ‘air camp’ for young people to experience spending a weekend on an airfield and up in the air.
Weekly meetings for Scout troops are on either Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays in Old Town, and on Mondays in Wichelstowe.
All of these groups in Old Town are all part of Swindon Ridgeway Scout District. Groups from around our district (the southern half of Swindon, plus surrounding villages) come together regularly for activities and events.
If you ever wanted to try out something new then Scouting is for you!
All sections typically run at or near their maximum capacity (often with a joining list in place as well), so we can’t guarantee to be able to take new starters straight away. Whether your child is old enough to join straight away, or is not yet old enough, we recommend putting their name on our joining list so that we can see when a space will be available.
You may also want to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.