The early years project

Squirrels is a new provision for four and five year olds, to help young people gain skills for life at a time when it matters most and where it’s most needed.

This new programme is currently open in 200 areas within the UK. Squirrels might not be open in your community just yet, but you can still register your interest in volunteering with Squirrels now.

Explore nature and have fun learning

Every week, Squirrels will gather to grow and learn their way through lots of different games and activities

Squirrels can achieve anything they set their minds to – and they have lots of fun along the way.

The one hour sessions will be a brilliant opportunity for young people to take their first step into being part of Scouts, and they’ll help everyone get ready for the adventure of school too.

Sessions will be packed with outdoors activities, fun, games, badges, laughter, and so much more to help our youngest members learn the skills they need for life. Of course, none of it would be possible without the support of the amazing leaders who plan and deliver such an inspiring programme.

Join Squirrels

Interest in supporting Squirrels?

We’ve had lots of help designing, piloting, and scaling our new early years section, Squirrels. You can find out who’s been part of the team below.

We have big ambitions to bring non-formal, early years education to the communities and families who could benefit the most. By 2023 we want to:

  • have reached 12,000 families
  • with at least 30% coming from communities in the bottom third of the country in terms of income
  • and at least 10% coming families from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background
  • with momentum to reach 130,000 families by 2033.

Squirrels can achieve anything they set their minds to – and they have lots of fun along the way.

The one hour sessions will be a brilliant opportunity for young people to take their first step into being part of Scouts, and they’ll help everyone get ready for the adventure of school too.

Sessions will be packed with outdoors activities, fun, games, badges, laughter, and so much more to help our youngest members learn the skills they need for life. Of course, none of it would be possible without the support of the amazing leaders who plan and deliver such an inspiring programme.

Learn more about the programme of work to support this age group and the reasons behind Squirrels >

Age groups
Members