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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
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
Scouting is . . .
• For boys and girls
• Active – over 200 activities, from archery to
• Community based - in villages, towns and
cities across the UK
• Inclusive - all kinds of cultures, faiths and
• 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
• Each year Scouts spend over two million
nights away from home doing adventurous
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
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
So, what’s stopping you?