New Squirrel Scout group launches in Crowborough


1st Crowborough Scouts are proud to welcome their first Squirrels to join their brand-new Drey!

Squirrels are the newest section to join the Scout family and is open to 4- and 5-year-old girls and boys.

Joining Squirrels is a way for younger children to ‘make new friends, go on adventures and earn badges’ like other Scouts. Squirrel members wear red uniforms.

The Scouting Association has been piloting an early-years project since 2019, and the name and colour were chosen because around 200 rare red squirrels live on Brownsea Island, where Baden Powell set up the first experimental Scout camp.

Tom Dalton is the Section Leader for the Squirrels. He said:

As one of the oldest and largest Scout Groups in the area we were very keen to be amongst the first to found a Drey and continue to grow our offering to the young people of Crowborough.

Our first meeting was a huge amount of fun and all the new Squirrels enjoyed joining in with our activities. There was painting and modelling alongside marshmallow toasting and ‘getting to know you’ games. Our new team of Leaders had almost as much fun as our Squirrels!

Fortunately, they have planned even more over the coming weeks, enough to keep everyone entertained, with den building, scavenger hunts and even some campfire activities too!

Tom Dalton

In Crowborough they join three Beaver Colonies, three Cub Packs and three Scout Troops. There are still some spaces available for 4- and 5-year-olds to join the Squirrels, although older children would need to join a waiting list for Beavers.

Squirrels meets every other Saturday at 10am at the Scout HQ on Whitehill Road, as well as visiting a few other special places too.

Their website is currently being updated. In the meantime, see their Facebook page for more information – 1st Crowborough Scouts.


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