Squirrels is made up of young people aged 4–6, led by an adult Squirrels leader. Other adult volunteers are on hand to supervise activities, share their skills and keep everyone safe. Squirrel leaders are nicknamed after characters from nature, books or films.
Squirrels is a great age range to volunteer with as a leader/helper. Working with the rest of the leadership team you can organise and run fun games and activities, teach young people how to build and cook over fires safely and read the stories that kick off every meeting. Make the most of your time in Scouting by exploring some of the games and activities that the Squirrels will love.
You’ll spend lots of time outside with your Squirrels. Together, you might build a den, go on a treasure hunt, or visit a museum. And even though they might not be ready to climb Mount Everest yet, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of adventures on your own doorstep.
Be a great role model – Young people aged four and five years learn by doing and copying. Display how to behave during meetings by obviously listening when someone is talking, putting your hand up and actively taking part in the games and activities. If you’re having a great time, they will too.
Encourage listening – Many in the group won’t have started school yet, sitting and doing activities and games in a group might be new to them. Putting your finger to your lips is a clear indication to be quiet, pointing at the person talking will also redirect their attention to the person who is talking. Celebrate those who listen to others and put their hands up to ask questions.
Help others – Squirrels 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.