An Introduction to Scouting

The Scouts is the UK’s largest youth organisation, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life. We encourage our young people to do more, learn more and be more.

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 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.

We’re talking about teamwork, leadership and resilience – skills that have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians. We believe in bringing people together. We celebrate diversity and stand against intolerance, always. We’re part of a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures.

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.

Our Commitment

In Scouting, our adults have a responsibility to make sure that the Programme is fun and exciting. We must also make sure that it is safe. The Scout Association’s policies, rules, code of behaviour, advice on Child Protection and safety policy are there to ensure our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.

Who can be a Scout?

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.

Squirrels can achieve anything they set their minds to – and they have lots of fun along the way.

Squirrels is for 4 to 5 years.

Beavers in uniform
Beavers

Try new things. Make new friends. Joining Beavers is just the beginning of your big adventure.

Beavers is for 6 to 8 years.

Cubs in uniform
Cubs

Develop new skills. Soar to great heights. Being a Cub opens up a whole other world.

Cubs is for 8 to 10½ years.

Scouts in canoes
Scouts

Jump in and get muddy. Give back and get set. Scouts ignore the butterflies and go for it, and soon so will you.

Scouts is for 10½ to 14 years.

Explorers not in uniform
Explorers

Try more. See more. Do more. At Explorers, you’ll stand on your own two feet, and make memories to last a lifetime.

Explorers is for 14 to 18 years.

Scout network memebers sitting down
Scout Network

Try more. See more. Do more. At Scout Network, you’ll stand on your own two feet, and make memories to last a lifetime.

Network is for 18 to 25 years.