Scouts is about fun, challenges and adventure
Adventure is at the heart of everything we do. It is the single most important thing that sets Scouts apart.
It’s exciting being involved with us. We believe that through the everyday adventure of Scouting, young people and adult volunteers regularly experience new challenges that enrich their lives and meet life long friends.
Every young person in Scouting enjoys a balanced range of activities, events and experiences, based around subject areas we call Programme Zones.
The zones vary depending on which of our Sections the young person is in, but they cover a huge range of activities, from outdoor and physical pursuits to community involvement, creative expression and learning about the wider world.
Together we help Scouts get the most out of their Scouting experience by including elements from as many zones as possible within the activities on offer. And, the older they get, the more input young people themselves have in their own activity selection.
Hiking in the dark. Travelling across Poland with just a backpack and three friends. Spending the first night away from home.
Activities are an integral part of Scouting. But as well as being challenging physically, our activities help young people set and achieve goals and grow in confidence.
We are the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. We change lives by offering 6 to 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.
Young people thrive in safe surroundings. We’re committed to ensuring that Scouting is both enjoyable and safe for everyone who takes part, along with providing parents with peace of mind.
Appointing those who work with young people
All volunteers who help to run our activities give their time freely to help young people enjoy Scouting.
Leaders are interviewed locally and asked to provide references. Everyone working with young people in Scouting is asked to undertake a Criminal Record Check, sometimes known as a ‘police check’.
Code of behaviour
We have a clear code of behaviour which is given to all adults working in Scouting, regardless of their role. This is also included in the training that Leaders receive and offers advice about how young people should be treated. We expect everyone to follow it.
If you volunteer to help out with an activity, you’ll be given one too, and if you would like to see a copy of the code of behaviour for adults, just ask any of your child’s Leaders.
We expect all Leaders to take courses in basic first aid and child protection. Special training is provided for those taking young people away on residential events like camps and sleepovers.
Outings and camps
All Leaders taking young people on outings or camps will give you notice in writing, ask for your permission and provide you with a method of contacting the group while they are away.
We will never ask to take individual young people away on their own or without another adult being present.
What to do if you have concerns
If you are unhappy with anything relating to your child’s time in Scouting you should raise it with your child’s Leaders. If you would rather speak to someone else, please contact the Scout Information Centre on 0345 300 1818.
The Scout Association also has a complaints procedure.
Search for your local Group to find out how you can be a part of the adventure.