Squirrel Scouts

Squirrels are usually aged between four and six years old.

Being an Squirrel Scout is all about fun and friendship while growing and learning. Here are some of the things you’ll get up to with your new friends.

Exploring the great outdoors

You’ll spend lots of time outside with your Squirrels Dray. Together, you might build a den, go on a treasurer hunt, or visit a museum. And even though you might not be ready to climb Mount Everest yet, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of adventures on your own doorstep. Because being a Squirrel Scout is all about making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.

Trying new activities and learning new things

Going to Squirrel Scouts is very different from going to nursery or school. Instead of learning from books, you’ll figure the world out by exploring, playing and doing.

The most important skills you’ll learn at Squirrel Scouts are the ones that will make you feel super strong standing on your own two feet. We call these character skills. They include things like resilience – which means getting back up and trying again – and teamwork, which means mucking in and playing your part. It’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.

Helping others

Squirrel Scouts work as a team to help other people, in their local communities and beyond. Whether they’re changing the whole world or helping a friend take the leap to try something new on a rainy Wednesday night, they always lend a hand.


Squirrel Scouts is open to all and we can usually tweak things to make sure everyone can join in the fun. If you have any questions about accessibility, chat with your local leader as soon as possible. By being upfront from the start, parents/carers can work in partnership with local leaders to make sure their young person has everything they need to get involved.

To join Beavers, please fill in the Join Us form, linked to the left of this page.

News & Blogs

*Updated 21MAY2024

We are proud to announce the availability of air rifle target shooting and airsoft target shooting to groups in the North Angus district! 

Air rifle target shooting will primarily be based at the Jock Neish Scouting Centre in Tannadice, however we do have a mobile outdoor range available that can be set up at camps etc, depending on layout of the site from a safety perspective, and landowner permission. This adventurous activity not only requires great skill, discipline and body awareness to achieve accurate shots on target, it's great fun and competitive too! Your range officer running the session will have an NSRA YPS Tutor scheme qualification, and can deliver instruction on techniques to improve the accuracy and precision of your shooting. Due to the strength required to hold and operate the rifles, we do not recommend this activity for children of Beaver age and below. 

Airsoft target shooting is less heavily regulated, so can be ran at your meeting place, event or camp. Airsoft guns fire small plastic pellets, are designed to be used in a competitive sport (similar to paintball), and as such are safe for use by all ages. Despite this, they are replicas of real firearms, and operate in a similar manner - therefore range safety rules are still enforced, and an indoor venue or outdoors away from the general public is requested to avoid any undue alarm. Additionally, participants can be shown how the replicas work, and how to maintain the replicas. This activity is a great opportunity to learn about a lesser-known sport, learn about the safety rules and how a shooting range is operated, and is an excellent experience!

Both activities count towards the Physical Recreation (Cubs), Master at Arms (Scouts), and Physical Recreation - Master at Arms (Explorers) badge requirements, and are exciting activities to incorporate into your programme!

The activities cost £75 per session for air rifles, £45 per session for airsoft, and include a qualified instructor, rifles, pellets, and all other required equipment to set up the range. Note that for sessions hosted at the Jock Neish Centre, an additional £20 per session is charged for use of their purpose built shooting range and access to their facilities. 

Bookings can be made by filling in the form HERE, or contact Daniel Barry with any questions at daniel.barry@northangus.onmicrosoft.com. A minimum notice period of 21 days to the session date at time of booking is required in order to make the necessary arrangements. 


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