Who are Squirrels?

Squirrels are young people aged 4 to 6 who:

  • Master new skills and try new things aimed at the Early Years of Childhood Development
  • Have fun and go on adventures
  • Make friends
  • Are curious about the world around them and begin to take the initial steps to explore this in a safe environment
  • Help others and make a difference, on their own doorstops and beyond

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.

At Chorlton we have two Squirrel Dreys following a programme throughout the year running on a Monday and a Tuesday 5pm-5.55pm.

We accept new members into Squirrels at the beginning of each term, to join our waiting list please complete the form here.

What do Squirrels get up to?

Being a Squirrel is all about growing and learning in small but mighty ways. Here are some of the things you’ll get up to with your new friends.

Exploring the great outdoors

You’ll spend lots of time outside with your Drey. Together, you might build a den, or go on a trip to the seaside, or take part in group scout camps. And even though you might not be ready to climb Mount Everest just yet, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of adventures on your own doorstop, because being a Squirrels is all about making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.

Trying new activities and learning new things

Going to Squirrels is very different from going to school or nursery. Instead of learning from books, you’ll figure the world out by exploring, playing and doing.

The most important skills you’ll learn at Squirrels are the ones that will make you feel super strong standing on your own two feet. We call these character skills. They include things like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead on something without being asked. It’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.

But most importantly Squirrels is all about having fun!

Helping 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 Tuesday night, they always lend a hand


At Squirrels there are a range of activity badges and challenge awards that Squirrel Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.

The Squirrel Scout Promise

Once a Squirrel scout has attended for a few weeks, they can formally join the colony by making a promise in front of their colony.

There are a number of variations of the Squirrel Scout Promise to reflect the range of faiths, beliefs and attitudes, and nationalities, in the UK these can be downloaded here.

The Squirrels Scout Motto
Be prepared


Squirrel Scouts wear a red sweatshirt with a Group scarf (often called a necker)

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls