The Scout Section is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs, and is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.


Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenge awards and activity badges.

Balanced Programme

Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit, and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.

Being outdoors is important, and half the programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.


A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.

News & Blogs

Target Sprint is Coming to CRAI
26/01/2021 By Dave Cook
We are deighted to confirm that we have secured a £15K Investment in Target Shooting through Sports Wales (90% Grant Funded with a 10% Contribution from CRAI Scout District Council).
The Investment is centred around upgrading the Rifle Ranges we have at CRAI Scout Activity Centre to offer 10M indoor shooting, a wider variety of targets (Knockdown, bell targets etc.), investment in AirArms MPR400 Sporter PCP Rifles along with all of the additional equipment needed to support these, Targets, Pellets and Instructor Courses for Club Coaches and Three position Shooting (Kneeling Prone and standing) as well as the equipment needed to support these shooting styles.
We will also be purchasing an Outdoor “Pop-up” range to support an Activity called Target Sprint as well as running the necessary training to allow YPST Diploma Holders to run Target Sprint sessions.
We will be registering as a Target Sprint Hub (only the fourth in Wales) and will be looking to run Monthly Shooting sessions, supported by senior coaches from across South Wales, that will be accessible by the whole community (not just Scouts).  this will help us raise funds and establish CRAI as an importnt Community Location. We will be hoping to create shooting teams to take part in National Scout and Open competitions in Target Sprint and Target Shooting.
If you, or someone you know, would be interested in getting involved in Target Sprint, the Monthly Shooting sessions or the additional courses please contact me. Obviously all of the equipment and ranges will be availible for use by existing YPST Diploma Holders (restrictions will be in place on equipment that requires specialist training as you would expect).
And OBVIOUSLY all of these activities are currently restricted by the current Pandemic and our Face to Face Scouting status of "Red".
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After a brief chat on the Cairenes Troop’s Facebook site it became apparent that we both were enthusiastic to arrange a Zoom Meeting between our Troops.

It was decided that it would be imperative an agenda be drawn up and circulated to our own Scouts for them to compile their own personal presentations to share with the Cairenes Scouts. This plan/procedure would assist in making it a success.

The Cairenes Scouts are based within a French School, of Christian denomination, within the city of Cairo. The school has a very imposing building within the city and is approximately 45 minutes form the historic and renowned Pyramids of Giza. The predominant religion in Egypt is Islam, i.e. 90% of the population.

Naturally, they speak Arabic, but also French and English; they communicated with our Scouts in outstanding English whilst ours attempted to speak, out of respect, in Arabic and French during their presentations. Their efforts were highly commended by the Cairenes leaders and appreciate by their Scouts.


We exchanged in pictorial form our traditional foods with their respective ingredients, but we must admit Egyptian food looked more appetizing. In exchanging Facebook messages after the call, both sides agreed to have a go at the respective dishes and exchange photos afterwards.


Our own Scouts presented a spectacular and amazing array of personal interests including photographs of local places and buildings of importance and historic interests not only in Abercarn but within a 10-mile radius from where some of the Scouts live. The Cairenes Scouts were particularly fascinated by the importance of coal mining in our area.


The Cairenes Scouts reciprocated and portrayed that traditional Scouting skills were evident and that they formed an important part of their Scouting today, e.g. pioneering, the patrol system and various activities.

They were in awe of our mountains, forestry and green spaces with one Scout shouting “look at the size of that” referring to a local football pitch. The leader asked whether we have deserts in Abercarn and the answer, with respect, given by one our Scouts was “no we don’t, only trees and fields.” They confirmed that they have very few green spaces or parks.

Both troops shared details of their home lives and personal hobbies; destinations for family holidays were varied between both troops. Very few ventured outside of Egypt with Alexandria (on the Mediterranean coast) appearing to be a popular travel destination.

School timetables of the Cairenes Scouts were shown and explained, from French, English and Arabic schools. Shocking to our Scouts was that the French school was open on Saturdays, but it was closed on Fridays. The lack of a 2-day weekend was the biggest concern of our Scouts! The Cairenes Scouts were impressed that many of our Scouts attend a Welsh school, and also learn French, Spanish and sometimes Mandarin Chinese on the side.

Individuals proudly shared their respective country’s uniforms and badges to each other with each Scout explaining what their own meant, and the names of their patrols.

We are now going to exchange badges and neckerchiefs, but owing to the unreliable postal services in Egypt we are to send ours to the leader’s friend in Toulouse who will make the relevant delivery.

As the meeting was coming to a close we were “Roomed” into combined groups of Welsh and Egyptian Scouts where they instantly communicated with each other asking and exchanging personal thoughts/questions and ideas that the meeting had given them.

This was followed by the Cairenes leader leading in the traditional KIM’S game whereby 30 items were shown and the roomed  groups had to work together to remember the items.

Sadly, this non-stop interactive International Scout Meeting had to close as a period of 2 ½ hours had flown by!

From a leader’s perspective this was a truly humbling experience where your own Scouts, that you lead and teach on a weekly basis about Scouting, its traditions and laws, portrayed mutual respect and friendliness to their fellow overseas Scouts, on this occasion from Cairo.

The Cairenes leaders stressed that, if we were to ever visit Cairo, over 30 homes would open up and welcome us into their lives. We kindly returned the offer, and look forward to chatting to our fellow Scouts and international friends again in the not-too-distant future.

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1st Abercarn Cookie Competition
22/05/2020 By Alan Britt

Here are the much awaited results from 1st Abercarn Cookie Competition

Thank you all for entering our competition with interest being received from Bahrain, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Czech Republic and France 

 The Competition  judge , Amanda Verren , decided to split the entries into classes or groups. Her encouraging  comments are shown below. and we thank her for giving up her time to judge all the entries we received .

 Class winners were;-

Giant cookie class    Seren from 1st Abercarn Scout Troop    " Good use of colour and ingredients"

 7-10  Cubs class     Thomas from 1st Abercarn Cubs  "W/L"  " Camper van cookie Great shape of cookie and fantastic decoration."               

10-14 class  Fynn from  1st Market Bosworth Scouts Leicestershire   "  Great shape of cookie with excellent decoration "   

2nd Place       Amelia from 1st Abercarn Scout Troop "Very successful shaping of the dough which looks an appropriate colour for shortbread. Simple effective decoration" 

3rd Place        Rhodri from 1st Abercarn  "Lovely recipe using delicious ingredients. Aim to improve the shape next time you make them. I bet they tasted really good. "

14-18 class     Jonathan  from  1st Market Bosworth Scouts Leicestershire (Y/L) Butterfly Cookie "The cookie is a great shape and is neatly decorated. It would have been good to have a little more detail in the method so someone else could make them if they wished to"

 Pablo Picasso class - under 60’s Kirk Parsons  from  1st Market Bosworth Scouts Leicestershire  "A thought provoking piece of cubist artwork. You have extended the boundaries and flouted the traditional methods of cookie making, with subtle use of bland colour and texture. A true work of art"

 THE OVERALL  WINNER  OF   THE  1ST ABERCARN ( CCBC )  INTERNATIONAL  COMPETITION  IS :-                                                                    FYNN

                  Achievement  Certificates will be issued to all those  shown above....



Many thanks to all the participants who entered and hope you all had some fun entering this competition and that the Charities  you supported  will be appreciative of your donations.



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1st Gilfach & 1st Sirhowy's Toilet Roll Challenge
16/04/2020 By Elizabeth O'Malley

Jenni knows her ADC Beavers loves a challenge and finds it difficult to say no! So once tagged on the infamous toilet roll challenge on a facebook post we had a quick discussion and decided to put it out as a challenge to our respective Beaver Colonies and put a video together. Obviously the other sections of our Groups were so jealous that they had to get involved -especially both GSL's (you will see how much they wanted to be involved if you watch the video!).

Jenni put all the videos together and added music to it, all I did was set it as a challenge and forwarded the clips! Thank you Jenni for all the hard work, it looks great and will be a good memory to look back upon when this is all over.

We now challenge you all to join in! Maybe we could even make a whole CRAI District version? Or even better lets create a CRAI necker flip video?? No idea what I am on about watch out for Lee in the video.

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Alternative Monopoly Run
19/03/2020 By Sebastian White
1st Sirhowy valley scouts recently attended the Alternative Monopoly Run in central London.
The weekend began at 5pm on Friday 13th March when we set off on our way to "The Big Smoke"
Following the safety Briefing at 10pm, then it was off to the accommodation, for a good nights sleep ready for the big day.
Saturday morning was soon here, so it was up, breakfast, then straight out on our way into the big city. (It was at this point that I discovered the underground was not as confusing as I thought)
So here we are, in the centre of London, and what do we do.........have a really enjoyable day in the centre of London, that was totally youth led from start to finish.
Much fun was had by all, (even if we did walk over 15 miles in 1 day), everyone was still smiling at the end of the event, which said to me it was a job well done. I definitely wouldn't hesitate to do this or a similar event again. 
So If anyone is ever thinking of doing either this or a similar event, I would highly recommend it. You definitely won't regret it. (Spending a whole day in central London with 7 scouts, is not as stressful as I thought it would be).
Finally, a massive thank you need's to go to Dave cook for organising the event, Plus our GSL and ADC Scouts Gareth, for doing all the driving and assisting with the planning, Blue Beaver Mari and Akela Claire for coming along to assist with everything. It wouldn't have been possible without all of the help from everyone involved.
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