Try new things. Make new friends. Joining Squirrels is just the beginning of your big adventure.

Being a Squirrel

Squirrels is a completely new provision for 4–5 year olds. There are plenty of reasons to get stuck in, as Squirrels gives young people the chance to:

  • Make friends
  • Have fun outdoors
  • Learn new things
  • Earn badges through fun activities

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Activities and what you’ll get up to

There are already plenty of fun Squirrels activities within our activity finder, if you’re looking for something to keep young people occupied. Check out the activities and be inspired to give something new a go.

Find Activities

The Programme

Take a sneak peak at the amazingly adventurous, fun packed, skills building programme.

The Squirrel Programme


The Scout Association has worked with the Centre for Research in Early Childhood, Coram, and early years practitioners from across the UK to create badges full of adventure, fun, and, of course, skills.

Discover Awards


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 include people who have never tried Scouts before.

Moving up to Beavers

Eventually, it’ll be time to say farewell to Squirrels and embrace your next big adventure.

Find out about Beavers


The Squirrels have a smart look, and a perfect place to sew those well earned badges. Take a peak at what’s available for the Squirrels to wear.

Learn about what to wear in Squirrels 

Squirrel leaders

All of our leaders are trained volunteers, working to make sure Scouting is safe, inclusive and accessible. Some lead the Drey week in and week out. Others visit occasionally to help run a session or drop in to share their skills. No matter how much time you have to spare, find out about volunteering on your own terms.

Find out about volunteering