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Traditional Scouting uses training in small groups that allow the youth to learn team work as well as provide them enough room for individual development. Youth are divided into smaller groups called "sections" according to their age.
Every section follows a program that is appropriate to the age of the youth, but which is still designed to follow the values and aims of traditional Scouting. The Downloads
page has handouts available that describe the progresssion sequence in Timber Wolves and Explorers.
Within their age sections, youth are typically sub-divided into even smaller groups of 5 to no more than 8, where most of their training and learning takes place.
9th Red Bluff Timber Wolf fall hike
Click on the age group below, or scroll down to read more details about that section's programs. Please note that a youth does not need to have been a member of a previous section. They may join for the first time in whatever section is appropriate to their age.
The Otters are the youngest section in our Association with children joining at the age of 5 years of age and moving up to the Timber Wolf Pack at the age of 8. The unit is known as an "Otter Raft" and their motto is "Busy and Bright". The Raft is subdivided into Dens, each of which has an adult leader to provide supervision. In practice a Raft will have no more than four Dens of six for a maximum of 24 Otters.
Otters learn useful family and community skills, and learn to play safely together. There is a proficiency badge system of four "paws", a Safety Badge, Service Badge, a Camping Badge and finally the highest award is the Swimming Otter Badge.
When invested an Otter makes the following Promise:
I promise to do my best,
to obey my leaders and my parents
and to be a good Otter.
The Otter Law is:
An Otter is always busy and bright and helps other people,
By doing a good turn every day.
The Timber Wolves join in many games and practical activities based on the Jungle Book
as written by B-P's friend Rudyard Kipling. Much of their learning is 'by doing'. The unit is known as a Timber Wolf Pack which is subdivided into Sixes. It is here that youth begin to have opportunities to lead with each Six led by a Sixer and assisted by their Second. Their motto is "Do Your Best".
The program is based on the Tenderpad to Second Star
and begins to focus more on outdoor activities. As "New Chums" join they are invested, becoming Tenderpads. They then progress from First Star to Second Star with the highest award being the Leaping Wolf Badge.
When invested a Timber Wolf makes the following Promise:
I promise to do my best
To do my duty to ‘God’, and the Queen;
To keep the Law of the Timber Wolf Pack;
And to do a good turn to somebody every day.
The Timber Wolf Law is:
The Cub gives in to the Old Wolf.
The Cub does not give in to himself.
The Explorers is for youth between ages 11 - 15. Their motto is "Be Prepared". The Explorer Troop operates in Patrols of 6 to 8 members led by a Patrol Leader who shares responsibility with an adult leader for discipline, activity planning and the training of less experienced members.
There is now a heavy emphasis on using the outdoors with activities that typically include camping, hiking, canoeing and backpacking. The new Explorer starts as a Tenderfoot and then progresses to Second Class.
On investiture, an Explorer, Senior Explorer, Rover or Leader makes the following Promise:
On my honour I promise that I will do my best -
To do my duty to ‘God’, and the Queen;
To help other people at all times, and
To obey the Scout Law.
The Scout Law is:
- A Scout’s honour is to be trusted.
- A Scout is loyal.
- A Scout’s duty is to be useful and to help others.
- A Scout is a friend to all, and a brother to every other Scout.
- A Scout is courteous.
- A Scout is a friend to animals.
- A Scout obeys orders of his/her Parents, Patrol Leader, or Scouters without question.
- A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
- A Scout is thrifty.
- A Scout is clean in thought, word, and deed.
The Senior Explorers is for those 15 - 17 year old. The youth become increasingly responsible for their own management and programming. The adult leader plays an advisor role.
The youth are encouraged to help with the younger sections and may continue as Patrol Leaders. They complete their First Class and then work on the Bushman's Thong with the highest award being the St. George Award, comparable in standard to the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
. Youth may choose to sign up for the DofE in order to "double dip" and earn both awards.
A section for young men or women over the age of 17 who may also become leaders, but who wish to remain uniformed members of a section.
Their motto is "Service".
As B-P originally intended, there is no upper age limit. Rovers are organized in a self-directing Crew. Their motto is put into practice both in the group and in the community. The highest award is the BP Award.