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We're not just looking for volunteer Scout leaders – there are loads of other ways for you to get involved in the adventure!
We have a huge variety of different volunteering opportunities; there's something for every talent. Can you help?
If you are looking for a UK Scout Group overseas please visit British Scouting Overseas.
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Benefits of Scouting
It’s not just a young person who benefits from taking part in Scouting; parents and carers can also reap the rewards.
In an independent survey of over 2,000 parents of Scouts, nine out of ten parents said Scouting is worthwhile and nine in ten said their children find Scouting enjoyable.
'I don’t normally let Thomas carry dinner plates through – he can be clumsy…but when he cooked me a meal from scratch, I was so proud'
As your child progresses through Scouts you should be able to see signs of the impact their Scouting adventure has on them.
Parents tell us Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility and a broader set of friends. Scouting can help develop your child’s social skills and encourage self-sufficiency, and gives them access to activities and opportunities that may have been otherwise unavailable to them.
A huge number of parents agreed that since their child joined Scouting family life was easier and they were ‘nicer children to live with’.
'I think I probably wouldn’t let Ella do as much as she does, but when I see her at Cubs, doing things for herself and her friends, I'm so impressed. It helps you step back and let them get on with it.'
Got a question?
1.When can my child join Scouting?
Starting age for Beavers is usually 6, but this will depend upon the Scout Group’s own waiting list policies. Looking ahead, children can join Cubs from around the age of 8 and Scouts from 10 and a half. Explorer Scouting starts at 14 and runs until Scouts are 18.
2.How much does membership cost?
Costs vary between Groups. Subscription could be weekly, monthly or termly and some use direct debits. If you’re concerned about the cost, do speak to the leader in confidence; there may be assistance available.
3.How will my child benefit from joining Scouts?
Parents tell us their children benefit hugely from the adventures, fun and friendships they experience. It can help develop your child’s social skills and independence, and give them access to some amazing and memorable opportunities.
4.Why has my local Group got a waiting list?
Due to a shortage of volunteers there are currently 30,000 young people waiting to join the Scouts. If there is a waiting list for your local Group – why not help out? Whatever your skills and availability, there will be some way you can contribute, meaning more young people get to experience the adventure of Scouting.
5.What do Scouts wear and where can I buy it?
Scouts wear a uniform depending on the age range. All Scouts (adults and young people) wear a coloured scarf or necker, the colour of which varies depending on the Group. Uniform can either be bought from Scout Shops or your local district Scout Shop (the adults in your child's Group will be able to give you more information).