Squirrels (4-6)

 Squirrel Drey at 2nd Frampton Cotterell, for 4 to 6 years old soon.


The programme

We’re really excited to share the Squirrels programme with you!

Each badge is packed with wow and wonder, perfect for anyone who’s ever asked ‘Why?’ (or ‘Why not?’). You’ll tell stories and play games. Get active and explore the outdoors. Become a brilliant builder and a super chef. There’s something for everyone – and that means that there’s something for you.

When designing the badges and activities for Squirrel Scouts, the goal was to create: 

  • an age-appropriate programme,
  • that meets the Theory of Change,
  • and is respected by Early Years practitioners,
  • without compromising our Scout values, ​ 
  • which encourages community and home learning,​ 
  • and works in areas of deprivation and for diverse ethnic communities. 

Our Dery meets term time at groups Hq from 1700 till 1800

Squirrels uniform

The Squirrels is red for the uniform as it’s so closely associated with the red squirrel animal, it’s highly visible to keep children safe, and the bright primary colour appeals to children of all genders. For badge, placement see the uniform pages 

Scouts is an inclusive, values-based movement

Inclusion is at the heart of our Squirrels story. Here at Scouts, we’re open to people of all genders, backgrounds, and faiths (including people of no faith). We’re committed to reaching out to new and different families and communities and including people who have never tried Scouts before.

That’s why we’re starting Squirrels in the places it’s needed most – our most underserved areas – so we can offer young people skills for life when and where they need them. We showed our impact in pilot groups in these places, and we’re proud to be prioritising support for Squirrels in underrepresented communities. This includes those from areas of deprivation and Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we’re keeping the cost of uniform (a single jumper) low, and we’ll be supplying uniforms at a discount to groups in underprivileged areas. All of the resources, including the badges themselves, have been tested for accessibility and religious and cultural suitability to make sure they’re suitable for everyone.

Young people can’t sign up to be part of Squirrels just yet but stick around to learn more about inclusion at Scouts. We look forward to welcoming everyone very soon!

Doing things safely is fundamental to everything we do at Scouts

Qualified Leaders will host a safe and secure programme aimed specifically at 4 and 5-year-olds.

Squirrel ratios are:

  • 1:6 inside
  • 1:4 outside (away from the safety of the usual meeting place)

with a minimum of 3 adults regardless of the number of Squirrels attending.

Check out our page on everything parents and carers need to know about safety and safeguarding.

Parents and carers can come along too

Squirrels Dreys are opening across the UK and we know how important it’s for some parents/carers to want to see their young person having fun. So parents/carers will have the option to stick around during the one-hour sessions, once we open the Drey at 2nd Frampton Cotterell. If you want to get on the waiting list for 2nd Frampton Cotterell Squirrels, then please get in touch with our waiting list manager. More information can be found below or on the national Squirrels page

Squirrels will achieve anything they set their minds to and having lots of fun along the way.

The one-hour sessions will be a brilliant opportunity for young peoples’ first step into Scouting and preparing them for school years.

Outdoors activities, fun, games, badges and so much more, Squirrels is the opportunity for young people to learn skills for life. Supported by amazing leaders delivering an inspiring programme.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls