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The Scout Association offers fun and everyday adventure to 573,000 young people between the ages of 4 and 25 across the United Kingdom.
Fill in the form in yellow below to enquire about joining and start your free trial or if you want to find out more about our work scroll down.
By submitting the joining form below you are agreeing to our data protection policy. One of our joining team will endeavour to respond within a week of your request. Please get in touch via Contact Us if you don’t hear from us.
By submitting the joining form below you are agreeing to our data protection policy.
The main goal is to help young people achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as Members of their local, national and international communities.
The policies by which all members adhere to in the group can be found here. Due to demand, unfortunately, we cannot always guarantee spaces in every section. Joining the group is based on our joining policy found here.
About our work
Even if we can’t solve all the problems in the world, we can help to make it a better place. Scouting makes a positive contribution to society by helping young people to develop as active members of the community:
- Who are self reliant
- Who are caring
- Who are responsible
- Who show commitment
- Scouting works well when young people enjoy learning by working in partnership with adults.
They do this by:
- Taking part in a variety of activities and new experiences
- Exploring the outdoors
- Participating in teams
- Taking responsibility
- Our method for giving young people the opportunity to learn by doing is called the Programme. The Programme is a continuous progression of training, activities and awards that covers everything that young people do in Scouting from the age of 4 to 25.
In Scouting, our adults have a responsibility to make sure that the Programme is fun and exciting. We must also make sure that it is safe. The Scout Association’s policies, rules, code of behaviour, advice on Child Protection and safety policy are there to ensure our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.
Who can be a Scout?
Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background. There are also plenty of opportunities for adults to become involved as Leaders, Assistants or Administrators.
When can my child join Scouting?
Starting age for Squirrels is 4 or 5 and 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.
How much does membership cost?
As of 2022 it’s from £35 per term, but this can vary between age groups. The first three weeks are free to see whether your child likes it. On top of this cost is additional activities outside of the headquarters. Subscriptions are paid termly via direct debits. If you’re concerned about the cost, do speak to the leader in confidence; there may be assistance available. More info can be found here.
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. This may take a couple of weeks to settle in so if you want to stop for the first few sessions please let us know.
Why has my local group got a waiting list?
We do operate a maximum capacity in each age group and thus if demand reaches that you may be put on a waiting list. We will try to offer you an alternative group although this maybe in another village. If there is a waiting list helping out as an adult volunteer can help remove that barrier. Whatever your skills and availability, there will be some way you can contribute, meaning more young people get to experience the adventure of Scouting.