What scouts do

Adventure is at the core of scouting. Through adventure we challenge individuals so that they learn and experience new things that will enrich their lives and teach them skills for life. When a beaver scout wakes up the morning after a sleepover, or a cub scout has confronted their fear of heights, or a young scout leads a hike, that is adventure.

Have a go at something new (and be prepared to fail)


Adventure means different things to different people.

History would have you believe it lies only in epic journeys and mighty sacrifices, but we disagree.  Because, for scouts, real adventure doesn’t have to be showy. It doesn’t have to gloat. It doesn’t have to boast.  Instead, more often than not, real adventure starts small and thinks big. It happens slowly but surely. Step by step and brick by brick.

It happens every time a group of ordinary people decide to show up at their local hall to run beaver, cub, scout or explorer meetings, and provide extraordinary programmes together.

Regardless of who you are - whatever your physical ability - there’s an adventure out there waiting for you. And we’ll help you find it.  Discover your ‘thing’: from abseiling to coding to performance art (or whatever takes your fancy, from our exciting selection of over 200 activities.) 

Scouts are do-ers and give-it-a-go-ers.

Yes, we go camping, hiking, swimming, abseiling, cycling and canoeing. But we also get to hang out with our friends every week –  having fun, playing games, working in a team and taking on new challenges.

Every week we give almost half a million 6-25 year olds, across the UK, the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.

Everyone’s welcome here. All genders, races and backgrounds. Regardless of your child’s physical ability – there’s a Scout adventure out there waiting for them. And we’ll help them find it.

Sign up to help your child discover their ‘thing’: from abseiling to coding to performance art and everything in between. Find your local group in the Group Finder below, fill out the form and someone will be in touch soon.

Gain badges

Along the way there is great fun to be had – and badges to earn. Scouting uses badges to recognise a wide range of interests and skills and, more often than not, the badges reflect the effort a young person has put in – rather than what has been achieved.


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Being involved is exciting and through the adventure of scouting, young people and our adult volunteers regularly experience new challenges that enrich their lives. Scouting offers a diverse range of activities and opportunities that challenge young people to be the best they can be physically, emotionally, spiritually and morally. It is this that makes scouting unique.

Join us today! Click here to find your local Scout Group or Explorer Scout Unit and  start your adventure.
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