The 8th Colchester APOLLO Scout Troop is the third section in our Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs. The Scout Section is for young people aged between 10½ and 14 years with flexibility in the age range, allowing young people from the age of 10 to join. Sometimes it is appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs.

With a zero-bullying policy and open to both genders, all religions and ethnic back grounds, Scouts aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs, attitudes and be creative.  It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice during outside activities such as camps and meeting nights away from the hall.


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.  Our leadership team aims to allow all members of the troop to get promoted into these responsible positions during their time at Scouts. This we have found promotes leadership skills and confidence in the individuals abilities.


Scouts are encouraged to work together and take the lead on all sorts of projects, from community based work to planning games and activities for their meetings.  They can take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme including traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing. There are a number of badges and awards that Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.

The Scout Law:

  1. A Scout is to be trusted
  2. A Scout is loyal
  3. A Scout is friendly and considerate
  4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties
  6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property
  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

The Scout Motto:

Be Prepared


Scouts may wear a teal green shirt or blouse, navy blue activity trousers or skirt, a group scarf with a woggle, and a Scout belt.


The Scout flag is dark green, bearing the Scout symbol and Motto.