Skills for life in Old Town, Swindon

About Us

We are Old Town Scouts. We help young people in Old Town, Eastcott, Okus, Lawns, Old Walcot, Kingshill, Rushy Platt and Wichelstowe to develop skills for life, through a range of outdoor, adventurous and team-based activities.

When you join the Scouts, you’ll be a part of one of the four Scout groups in the Old Town area:

  • 12th Swindon, based at the Moose Hall in Eastcott Road is our largest group, with two Beaver groups, three Cub groups and one Scout troop.
  • 6th Swindon is based in Ashford Road
  • 18th Swindon meets in Charlotte Mews
  • 3rd Swindon meets at the Stoweaway Centre in Wichelstowe

Where possible, we hope to have space for you to join around your sixth birthday. You’ll then spend two years in Beavers, where you’ll make friends, play games, experience adventures, go on trips and spend time away from home camping. During your time in Beavers, you’ll work towards your Chief Scout’s Bronze Award, as well as other badges.

Around your eighth birthday, you’ll move up to Cubs. There are loads of fun things you can do as a Cub, including swimming, music, exploring, computing and climbing, and will also take part in longer camping trips. Badges, including the Chief Scout’s Silver Award (the top award a Cub can achieve) can be gained by taking part in activities at Cubs and elsewhere.

When you are aged 10.5, you’ll move up to Scouts. Here, you will take part in a huge range of activities, developing skills such as camping, cooking, bushcraft and teamwork. As a Scout, you’ll take part in an active programme of camps and trips. You may get the chance to attend camps overseas, or to experience sleeping in hammocks with limited facilities. 

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. You could get the chance to go gliding, paragliding, or fly in a light aircraft.

We are all part of Swindon Ridgeway Scout District, which covers the southern half of Swindon and surrounding villages. You’ll meet other Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from around the district at many of our events.

If you ever wanted to try out something new then Scouting is for you!

Scouts is currently very popular, with most groups running at their maximum capacity. You can add your child’s name to the waiting list today and we’ll then be in touch as soon as a space becomes available.

More information is available on our Frequently Asked Questions page.