What we do
As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life. Our members do more, learn more and become more. They develop teamwork, leadership, and resilience - skills that have helped our former members become engineers, teachers, tradespeople, creatives and to start and grow their own businesses.
Our weekly activities are exciting and wide-ranging. From climbing to creative challenges, from wild camping to charity work, we develop character skills like resilience, initiative, and tenacity; employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving; and practical skills like cooking and first aid.
We know that residential experiences, such as weekend and weeklong camps, are a brilliant way to develop friendships, learn new skills and build confidence. But most of all they are amazing fun!
Scouts have always had the opportunity to follow their own interests and develop skills in different areas, using our progressive award scheme. By working towards and earning different activity badges, our members develop their own areas of interest and their independence skills.
Our members also work towards the Platinum and Diamond Chief Scout's Award and the Queen's Scout Award - the highest award in Scouting. Along the way, many of our members also achieve their Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
As Scouts, we are members of a truly worldwide movement, with over 50 million members around the globe making a positive impact in their communities.
As a unit, SMESU has always believed that by undertaking an extended international development expedition overseas, our members develop their personal skills and values, whilst having a positive impact on the communities they visit. This belief has taken the unit around the globe to locations including Malaysia, Uganda, Nepal, and Cambodia. We are currently planning our next expedition to Rwanda in 2020. You can view some of our previous expedition videos by clicking here.
Over the years we have also returned time and again to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre in the Swiss Alps - an amazing place where Scouts from all over the world camp together and experience adventurous activities whilst forming friendships that can last a lifetime.