Scouts is all about fun, challenges and adventure.
We are the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation. We change lives by offering 6-25 year-olds 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.
What do volunteers do?
This everyday adventure is possible thanks to our 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.
Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.
Did You know?
- 11 of the 12 people to walk on the moon were Scouts.
- Scouts have stood on the summit of Everest and at the South Pole.
- We offer over 200 activities from abseiling and coding to drama and archery.
- A quarter of UK Scouting’s membership is female.
- Volunteering just two hours of your time a month makes a huge difference to the lives of young people.
- 1 person began Scouting in 1907; today nearly 550,000 Scouts (young people and volunteers) now take part in the UK and 40 million around the world.
- What have Bear Grylls, David Beckham, Tim Peake, Paul McCartney, The Duchess of Cambridge, Richard Branson and Jamie Oliver all got in common? They were (or are) all Scouts.
- We have high public perception - Scouting is the most frequently named out of school activity.
- Scouts are public spirited – all our leaders are volunteers and nearly half (47%) volunteer outside of Scouting as well.
- In 2014, Scouts was voted the UK’s most practical charity.
10 Good Things to Remember
1. We are The Scout Association not The Scouts Association.
2. We are happy to be called ‘the Scouts’.
3. We are never ‘The Boy Scouts’ (a quarter of our members are female).
4. We never use the phrase ‘dyb dyb dyb’.
5. We are about fun, friendship and life changing adventure (not just knots and woggles).
6. We make a positive difference in our local communities (but not Bob-a-Job).
7. We are open to people of all faith backgrounds including no faith.
8. Scouts are aged 6-25; we welcome adult volunteers of all ages.
9. We only wear hats to stay safe when we do our activities.
10. We help young people develop their potential and learn new skills