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About 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.

“Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.”


Scouting facts:

  • Approximately 110,000 adults support Scouting in the UK – that is more than the workforces of the BBC (24,000) and McDonalds (67,000) combined.
  • Scouting is the largest Membership organisation in the world working for peace.
  • Scouting is the only organisation to operate in all but six of the world’s 216 countries and territories.
  • More young people do adventurous activities as Scouts than with any other organisation.
  • 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.
  • Each year 10,000 Scouts from the UK travel to every continent in the world to work on community projects.
  • Every year JoTA and JoTI bring more than 500,000 young people together across the globe.