Squirrel Scouts arrive in Gedling!


Scout groups in Netherfield and Gedling are set to welcome 4 and 5 years into Scouts as a new District Squirrel Drey is about to open in Central Notts Scout District.


With their red sweatshirts, Squirrel Scouts belong to the youngest and newest section of the movement. They will enjoy games, crafts, stories and lots of fun under the guidance of outstanding adult volunteers.


Like the older Sections, Squirrel Scouts will enjoy working towards earning badges, and there are hundreds of activities for the new Squirrels based around fun and learning.


Squirrels are the first new section since the introduction of Beaver Scouts, 35 years ago. The section was launched in September 2021, following a pilot programme in Northern Ireland since 2019.


At their recent Open Day, Central Notts District Commissioner Daniel Bolstridge said: “The Central Notts Squirrel Drey will be our first District Drey, and the second in our District. 1st Farnsfield Scout Group opened their Squirrel Drey in September, and is now a thriving Drey and we look forward to seeing similar numbers here. We are thrilled to be able to offer Scouting to even more young people, helping them to develop skills for life”.

The introduction of this new Section harks back to 1907 when 20 young people, lead by Robert Baden-Powell, took part in an experimental camp on Brownsea Island which developed in to the Scouting movement we know today.


A spokesperson for Central Notts Scouts said “Scouting is both relevant and cool today, it was recently announced that Scouts have had the biggest increase in numbers since the Second World War, allowing even more young people to develop Skills for Life which will help them to have a positive impact on their community. Over the coming months, we hope to open more Squirrel Drey’s, but we need more leaders and volunteers to get even more young people involved”.


For more details about Squirrels and Scouting in Central Notts from age four into adulthood, please visit the District website at www.centralnotts.org.uk.