What do Scouts do?

Scouts is where young people make new friends, have amazing adventures, and learn new skills.

An Introduction to Scouting

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.

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.

All about badges

Earn them and then show them off!


Squirrels are our newest section for 4 and 5 year olds to make friends, have fun and learn new skills.

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Beavers is for 6 to 8 years and is the beginning of your adventures with Scouts!

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Develop new skills and soar to great heights with Cubs, for 8 to 10 1/2 years.

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Scouts is for 10 1/2 to 14 years, with new challenges and new adventures.

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At Explorers, for 14 to 18 years, you’ll stand on your own two feet, and make memories.

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Young Leaders

Young Leaders are Explorer Scouts who volunteer alongside adult leaders to learn more and share more.

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Create, organise and take part in events and projects with other 18-25 year olds in Network.

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Share your skills and gain news ones as a volunteer. You don’t need to be Bear Grylls 

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