Information for New Parents

The experiences you have as a scout are likely to stay with you for the rest of your life. This page aims to give you a better understanding of how scouting at 25th Camberwell & Dulwich Explorers works.

We operate 4 sections:
  • Cubs for boys & girls in schools years 4-5 meets on Tuesdays from 4.15 to 6.15
  • Scouts Troop I for boys & girls aged 10-14 (school years 6-9/10) meets on Mondays from 4.15 to 6.15
  • Scouts Troop II for boys & girls aged 10-14 (school years 6-9/10) meets on Fridays from 6.30 to 8.30
  • Dulwich Explorers for boys & girls aged 14-18 (year 10 upwards) meets on Tuesdays from 6.30 to 8.30

The Scout Troops currently give priority of places to members of Dulwich College (our Sponsoring Authority) given the level of demand, but we do try to take members regardless of school when space allows. Cubs and Explorers are open to all.

Where do Scouts meet?

Our weekly meetings are held in our Scout Headquarters upstairs in the Trevor Bailey Sports Centre, Dulwich Common, Dulwich, SE21 7HA.

Upon joining Cubs you will be allocated to a Six:
  • Cub sixes are Emeralds, Rubies, & Sapphires.
Upon joining Scouts you will be allocated to a Patrol:
  • Troop I patrols are Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Kestrels, Panthers, & Squirrels.
  • Troop II patrols are: Curlews, Martens, Peewits, Swifts, & Woodpigs.

What do Scouts wear?

Scouting is a uniformed association. This means that members are expected to attend meetings correctly dressed in appropriate uniform. Prospective new members should attend for the first few meetings in “mufti”.

Uniform can be purchased from the Dulwich school shop and other school uniform stockists, or easily online (there are links to suppliers on our website). Scarves and woggles may be obtained from the Leaders at weekly meetings for a combined cost of £6. 

Cub uniform consists of a green sweatshirt, blue activity trousers, and Cub scarf & woggle. Once a cub has been invested, this should be worn at every weekly meeting, and for the beginning and end of almost all weekends, trips, and expeditions.


Scout uniform consists of a teal green shirt, blue activity trousers, Scout belt, and Scout scarf & woggle. Once a scout has been invested, this should be worn at every weekly meeting, and for the beginning and end of almost all weekends, trips, and expeditions.

Explorer Scout uniform consists of a muddy brown shirt, blue activity trousers, and Explorer scarf & woggle. Although they should have a uniform, Explorers are only expected to wear their uniform to one weekly meeting per term as well as any more formal occasions and trips .

We occasionally have a stock of second hand uniform available. Please ask your section leader for current availability.

Our Programme

Behind the fun of Scouting, there is an educational programme. The main programme areas are: Outdoor & Adventure; Global; Community; Fit for Life; Creative; and Beliefs & Attitudes. Our Leaders are trained to deliver this programme.

We try to provide as full a programme of weekend activities as our leadership team availability allows. During the last year we’ve been canoeing, cycling, caving, climbing, mountain walking, pony trekking, raft building, sailing, and more…

Details of all forthcoming events are published in our programme which can be found on the Cub, Troops & Explorer pages

For Scout parents, we would particularly like to draw your attention to the dates of the Troop Summer camp held during the two weeks immediately after the end of the Summer Term. The camp enables boys to put much of the training gained on other activities during the year into practice, and the majority of the Troop generally attend.