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If you think Scouting’s just about knots, woggles and big shorts, then be prepared to be surprised. It’s how Richard Branson, Barack Obama and David Beckham got their start in life and you can benefit too.

There are 400,000 young people in Scouting, from age 6 to 25, spread across five sections: Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and the Scout Network. Each section has its own balanced programme of activities, badges and awards.

Fun 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.

We offer hundreds of activities, as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, staged performance, paragliding, and archery. There’s something for every young person, whatever their physical ability.

Scouting changes lives

A recent independent report into Scouting’s impact found that we make a huge difference both to the lives of our members and across the wider community.

88% of our young people said that Scouting helps them improve their key skills, including social skills, teamwork ability, leadership ability and confidence.

97% of our volunteers said that being involved helped them with relationship building.

80% of community organisations and local businesses surveyed believe that Scouting benefits their organisation, and 69% said Scouting involvement benefited their clients or service users.