Who are Squirrels?

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.

Every week, they gather in groups called Squirrel Dreys to hop, skip and jump their way through lots of different games and activities – achieving anything they set their minds to, and having lots of fun along the way.

What do Squirrels get up to?

We’re really excited to share the Squirrels programme with you!

Each badge is packed with wow and wonder, perfect for anyone who’s ever asked ‘Why?’ (or ‘Why not?’). You’ll tell stories and play games. Get active and explore the outdoors. Become a brilliant builder and a super chef. There’s something for everyone – and that means that there’s something for you.

When designing the badges and activities for Squirrel Scouts, our goal was to create:

  • an age-appropriate programme,
  • that meets the Theory of Change,
  • and is respected by Early Years practitioners,
  • without compromising our Scout values, ​
  • which encourages community and home learning,​
  • and works in areas of deprivation and for diverse ethnic communities.

To do this, we wrote, tested and updated a programme proposal with nearly 400 people to create badges full of adventure, fun, and, of course, skills.

How do I get involved?

The first step to becoming a Squirrel is to find your nearest Drey by having a look at our groups page. Then, to get started, reach out to the Group Scout Leader of the relevant group using our contact page for more information on waiting lists, pricing and anything else you'd like to know!

Squirrels 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 the best opportunities possible. Contact us for more information on waiting lists, pricing and anything else you'd like to know!