Scouts aim to build and develop young peoples confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative. It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips. Week in and week out, they gather in groups called Scout Troops to conquer the small task of changing the world.

What do Scouts get up to?

Group of Scouts in helmets

Being a Scout is all about discovering the world on your own terms and making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are. Alongside your new friends, you’ll master the skills that will help you weather the storms of life, and try things you’d never get the chance to do at home or at school - working with trained volunteers to achieve whatever you set your mind to.

Scouts start small but think big. They stand up for what they believe in and make a difference on their doorsteps, confident in the knowledge that their daily actions add up. In a society that can often feel increasingly isolated and inward facing, Scouts build bridges and break barriers. Throughout history, they’ve played all sorts of useful roles in society, and this legacy continues today.

Scouts seek out the answers to the big questions, and to the smaller questions that don’t seem to matter but really should. Most importantly, they say yes more often than they say no - whether they’re taking part in their first ever camp away from home, or writing their first line of code, or accepting the last of the toasted marshmallows. Sound like fun? That’s because it is. All that’s missing is you..

Scout Badges


Scouts start small but think big, always challenging themselves to do more and be more. It starts with an award. Who knows where it might lead? During your Scouts journey you will have the opportunity to earn the prestigious Chief Scouts Gold award.

Badge Position

There is a range of badges and awards available to young people in Scouts. Below is a diagram showing where each well-earned badge is to be sewn onto your Scouts shirt. Please speak to your leader about the exact uniform required as this can vary from group to group.

Scout shirt badge placement
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Ready to start your Adventure?

The first step to joining Scouts is to find your local troop on our groups page. All our groups meet on different days, fill in the contact form on your preferred group and we will be in touch to discuss your options.