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Think you know Scouting?. Let’s take a closer look. What is Scouting?. Scouting offers fun, challenge and everyday adventure to 400,000 young people and 100,000 adults across the UK. . Over 200 activities . . . .

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Think you know Scouting?

Let’s take a closer look...


What is Scouting?

Scouting offers fun, challenge and everyday adventure to 400,000 young people and 100,000 adults across the UK.


Over 200 activities . . .

We offer everything from abseiling and archery to drama, street sports and water zorbing.

Scouting helps 6-25 year olds grow in confidence and achieve their full potential.


Across five age ranges. . .

Beaver Scouts (6-8 years)

Cub Scouts (8-10½)

Scouts (10½-14 years)

Explorer Scouts (14-18 years)

Scout Network (18-25 years)

Plus . . .

Scout Active Support: flexible volunteering for adults


We have a positive impact on . . .

Young people – providing opportunities to grow in confidence and develop life skills.

Adult volunteers – providing the opportunity to develop skills and training,

Society – providing practical benefits to our communities.


Scouting is . . .

  • For boys and girls
  • Active – over 200 activities, from archery to zorbing
  • Community based - in villages, towns and cities across the UK
  • Inclusive - all kinds of cultures, faiths and backgrounds
  • Global - 31 million Scouts in over 200 countries across the world

Did you know?

  • Scouting in the UK has been growing for the last six years
  • More young people do adventurous activities as Scouts than with any other organisation
  • Each year Scouts spend over two million nights away from home doing adventurous activities.

Did you know?

  • You are rarely more than 10 miles from a Scout Meeting Place
  • 11 of the 12 people to walk on the moon were once Scouts.
  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney were both Scouts (inspiring a better quality of campfire song)

Why volunteer?

  • Try new things and gain qualifications, such as First Aid
  • Use your current skills and gain new ones
  • You can give as much or as little time as you would like
  • Be an active member of your community
  • Meet new people
  • Build confidence and have fun!

A variety of roles

  • Opportunities to support young people
  • Opportunities in behind the scenes roles – from decorating a meeting place to driving the minibus
  • Opportunities to help lead our Groups, Districts, Counties and Regions as volunteer managers

Don’t believe us?

Here’s what others say…

41% of organisations say that Scouting would be a positive influence on a job applicant’s appointment.

91% of Scouts said it helped them gain ‘key skills’ such as leadership, team working and social skills

The training and development opportunities taken up by Scouts were critically important to employers

The Impact Assessment of The Scout Association, PACEC, Feb 2011


Many people doing a little bit.

‘We’ve got a brilliant, talented nation and

I want some of that talent to be used to support young people. Life is an adventure live it!’

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout