A SCOUT helper has appeared before Hyndburn magistrates charged with five offences of rape, four involving a 13-year-old girl and one a 14-year-old girl.
Michael Drinkwater, 36, of Exchange Street, Accrington, is also accused of another serious sexual offence and four of sexual activity without consent.
Many of the offences are alleged to have been committed at Bowley Scout Camp in Great Harwood between March 2005 and January this year.
Drinkwater was sent in custody to Preston Crown Court.
A spokesman for the Scout Association said he had been suspended pending the trial.
Drinkwater was not a Scout leader at the time of the alleged offences but was a member of the Scouting Fellowship which offers support to the Scouting network.
The spokesman added: "We are aware of the court proceedings involving Michael Drinkwater.
"The association has co-operated with the statutory agencies to help them with their inquiries.
"Action was taken to prevent Drinkwater's involvement with the movement as soon as the allegations were reported.
"Scouting is a values-based organisation which works for and on behalf of its youth members.
"The Scout Association carries out stringent vetting of all adults who work with young people and requires them to work to strict guidelines outlined in our code of good practice."