About Scouting

What Is Scouting?

Scouting is an international movement with over 28 million members worldwide, spread through 216 countries and territories. The number of countries recognising the value of Scouting and accepting its principles is increasing and there are only six countries in the world who do not offer Scouting to young people.

In total there are about 462,000 Members throughout the United Kingdom and the number is growing ach year.  In addition about 100,000 adults have taken up appointments as leaders, administrators and supporters, all on a voluntary basis, to help make each local section and group possible for young people .

The Scout Association in the UK accepts members of all major faiths and offers equal opportunities for both boys and girls no matter what their social, religious or ethnic background may be.

Every year more than 10,000 UK scouts travel to 150 countries to take part in expeditions and community projects.  Thinking of expeditions – you may have heard of our most famous volunteer – Bear Grylls (Chief Scout). He thinks all scouts have the right to adventure, whether it is a Beaver Scout spending their first night away or an Explorer Scout going on their first international expedition. Adventure is at the heart of what we do.


The national Scout Strategy ‘Skills for Life’ has been launched in May 2018 with the mission that:

“Scouting actively engages and supports young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.”




Further information can be found on the national Scouts website: