Why Scouting

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

We do some pretty amazing things in Scouting, but for us, adventure is a way of life and not just an activity or expedition.

Our Scouts grow in confidence by trying out new skills and stretching themselves.

Whether it’s an Explorer trying out his French on an international trip or a Scout leading his Patrol for the first time, each time we challenge ourselves, it’s a step forward.

When a Scout stands up to a bully, or sticks up for what they believe in, that’s an adventure.

Did You Know? We’re Adventurous!

  • More young people do adventurous activities as Scouts than with any other organisation.
  • No other organisation offers such a range of challenging or exciting activities as Scouting.
  • The youngest person to walk to the South Pole was a Scout (Andrew Cooney).
  • Each year 20,000 Scouts take part in the fitness challenge badge (and achieve it!)
  • Each year Scouts undertaking the Queen’s Scout Award walk the equivalent distance of once around the world.
  • Each year Scouts spend over 2 million nights away from home doing adventurous activities.
  • 11 of the 12 people to walk on the moon were once Scouts.
  • You are never more than 10 miles from a Scout Meeting Place – adventure is accessible.

A Word from our Leader

In July 2009, Bear Grylls was appointed the youngest ever Chief Scout at the age of 35. Twelve years previously at the age of 23, he became the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest.

Every child has the right to an adventure. Life is about grabbing opportunities. The prizes don’t always go to the biggest, the best and the strongest – they go to those who persevere. These are simple life lessons that Scouting teaches.