What is scouting all about?

Scouting started in 1907 with Lord Robert Baden Powell's experimental camp on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset. He took a group of boys from different walks of life and brought them together to live, work and train with each other. Thankfully for us the experiment was a success and Scouting was born.

Scouting is a uniformed, international movement of some 28 million young people.

In the UK it is divided into several sections:

The aims of Scouting are to provide an opportunity for young people to learn, develop and enjoy themselves. Scouting offers a wider range of activities and skills training than any other voluntary youth organisation. Scouting is open to anyone irrespective of their political or religious belief, ethnic origin or race, mental or physical capabilities and it is open to both boys and girls.

All Scout sections offer a modern, progressive and linked training scheme with the use of badge work to track an individual's progress and to foster a great sense of achievement. There are several types of badges; 'Chief Scout Award', Challenge, Activity and Staged Activity badges. The Challenge and Chief Scout Award badges may be gained through the weekly activities and training, with badge requirements tailored to specific sections. The Activity badges give young people the opportunity to develop a particular skill or activity to a higher level.

Scouting is not just training, awards and badges. Games and outdoor adventurous activities are very important elements of Scouting, not only because they are enjoyed so much, but also because they are so important in the development of young people. Scouting aims to offer young people a balanced programme of a range of activities, events and experiences built around six programme zones: Outdoor & adventure, Community, Global, Fitness, Beliefs & attitudes.

For more information, please see the Scout Association Website.