Blog | Our highlights of 2013

What a year it’s been! Here we round up a few of our favourite highlights from 2013.

The year kicked off with fun and adventure in teeth-chattering temperatures at Wintercamp (video above). Scouts and Explorers descended on Gilwell Park and Hawkhirst Scout Activity Centre.

In March, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge braved the snow to join Scouts and volunteers for a training weekend at Great Tower Scout Activity Centre in the Lake District:

During Scout Community Week in June, Scouts across the UK took on a variety of exciting projects. Here, Scouts gave The Long Man of Wilmington – a 235ft chalk carving – a fresh coat of paint:

Adult volunteers took part in London Community Pride, showing just how diverse and welcoming Scouting is:

London Pride

The summer was packed with camps and jamborees across the UK. At Gilwell Park, the home of Scouting, Cubs gathered for Fundays in June:


In July Explorers relished an exhilarating 24 hours of adventure at Gilwell 24:

Gilwell 24

And in September adult volunteers arrived for Reunion, a great chance to catch up with friends, learn new skills and enjoy amazing sunsets:


As part of the Scouts Speak Up programme, Scouts got the opportunity to quiz MPs on the issues that matter to them at political party conferences:


To mark the birthday of Scouting, we awarded birthday badges to celebrities voted by young people, including teenage author Beth Reekles:

Beth Reekles

The Bright Sparks album showed that Scouts definitely have talent. Kayleigh Walters, 18, a Young Leader, sang on the first single 'Let it out':

To coincide with the launch of Scout minifigs characters, we asked Cubs what they really think about Scouting:

Chief Scout Bear Grylls visited Scouts across the east of England as part of his ‘Bear in the Air’ whistle-stop tour of the UK:

We pledged our support for the initiative Step Up to Serve, which aims to involve more young people in volunteering and social action. CEO Matt Hyde and two Scouts attended the launch at Buckingham Palace:

Step Up News

Scout Groups across the UK ran Christmas postal services, raising money and spreading festive cheer, including these Scouts from Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan:

Phew! What a year. And after all that excitement and adventure it’s worth reminding ourselves about the very essence of Scouting with our inspirational promo film Paths:

What have been your highlights of 2013? Let us know at or tweet us @UKScouting. Keen to experience the Scouting adventure? Find out how you could get involved.

Here’s to an even more fantastic 2014!






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