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About Scouting

Every year Scouting help 400,000 young people in the UK enjoy new adventures; to experience the outdoors; interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.


Working alongside youth members are thousands of adult volunteers, with a huge variety of roles and opportunities available.


Scouting is the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation providing fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.


Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

What do Scouts Do?


Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.



This everyday adventure is possible thanks to adult volunteers, who support Scouts in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee. We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.



The Scout Associations award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people


Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.

Parent FAQ's and more information about Scouting can be found on the National Scout Association website: