The newest members of the Scouts providing skills for life to 4 – 6 year olds.

Squirrels. A new adventure!

Squirrels is all about making an impact and enabling new skills for life at a time when it matters the most. Squirrels follows the steps of our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorer sections:

  • Making friends
  • Having fun outdoors
  • Learning new things
  • Earning badges through fun activities

Your County Team

Nic Coates
Assistant County Commissioner – Squirrels

Working alongside our Squirrel leaders to enable balanced programmes and fun activities across the County.

Rishona Steward
Squirrels County Advisor

Helping groups across the County in establishing new Squirrel Dreys to open.

Squirrels in Gloucestershire

Scouts is taking a phased approached in opening Squirrels across the Country. Within Gloucestershire, the following groups currently have an active Squirrels section:

  • 1st Newent
  • 1st Aylburton & Lydney
  • 1st Cam
  • Eastcombe
  • 1st Dursley
  • 1st Chipping Campden

Squirrels are formed as Dreys consisting up to 24 young people aged 4 – 6. Dreys are typically organised into Nests

Squirrels can earn the top award, Chief Scout’s Acorn Award, by completing all 4 Challenge Awards & 2 out of 12 Activity Badges.

Squirrels moto is Be prepared and they make the same Promise as Beaver Scouts. There are many variations that are inclusive of all.

What's been happening across the County?

Dursley Squirrels get all royal for camp visit

On Saturday 21st May 2022, a handful of Squirrel Scouts from 1st Dursley got their first taste of camp by visiting their groups Beaver camp.

During their visit, the Squirrels went totally royal by making their own crowns and shields.

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On Saturday 28th May 2022, Gloucestershire Scouts held the first ever Squirrels event at Cranham Scout Centre bringing together Squirrels from all over the County. 

A first event to make new friends and incredible memories through fun and adventure.
Read more >

Express interest to open a Squirrel Drey

If you are a Group Scout Leader and would like to open a Squirrel Drey, please follow the below process.

  1. Email Squirrels County Advisor & advise you would like to open a Drey.
  2. Complete the readiness checklist.
  3. Obtain approval from your District Commissioner.
  4. Register your interest with Scouts HQ.
  5. Assistant County Commissioner – Squirrels will provide final approval and HQ will allocate you to a Cohort.

Will you be our next Squirrels volunteer?

Volunteering’s not just about giving back – the benefits go both ways. All of our activities across all sections are run by our amazing volunteers. Volunteering lets you try new things, meet new people, and make a difference. 

We can only provide fantastic opportunities to help young people develop their skills if we have enough volunteers. It doesn’t matter if you want to get involved regularly or help out occasionally – we can find the right fit for you.