How it works

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How it works

If you think Scouting’s just about knots, woggles and big shorts, then be prepared to be surprised. It’s how Richard Branson, Barack Obama and David Beckham got their start in life and you can benefit too.

Every year we 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.

And it’s not just young people who can get in on the action. Working alongside our youth members are thousands of adult volunteers, with a huge variety of roles and opportunities available.

Scouting is for everyone

Scouting encourages young people from all backgrounds, male and female, to have self-belief and a voice. It helps them develop physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We call this ‘everyday adventure’. They just call it fun.

Our young people take part in hundreds of activities like skateboarding, kayaking, camping, cycling and community projects. But they also get to find out what it means to take a risk, lead a team, make friends and discover that life is as much about possibilities as it is about challenges.

Helping young people to develop

The Scouting formula is simple. Using volunteer adult leaders and basic facilities, young people develop trust, integrity and a spirit of adventure. Our Scouts are today’s happiest, healthiest and most productive citizens; some of them will be tomorrow’s leaders.

Scouting is divided in Sections by age – click here for details.