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Scouts launches early-years Squirrels section in deprived areas

The project hopes to help those aged four and five in communities hit hardest by the Covid pandemic

The Scouts movement is to start enrolling four-year-olds with the aim of kickstarting children’s interest in trying new things after 18 months of Covid restrictions.

It is launching Squirrel Scouts in scores of the most deprived areas. Preschool and reception-aged children will be encouraged to cover their bright red Squirrel Scouts uniforms in badges earned for accomplishments such as learning to spend 50p in a shop, planting seeds and meeting new friends. The badges will have names such as Brilliant Builder and Exciting Experiments, and the groups will be known as “dreys”.

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