The Scout Association


About our work

The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25. Internationally, we have over 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of Scouting  across 216 countries. Personal development means promoting the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, helping them achieve their full potential. In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are 'learning by doing,' when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.

Myth busting

Bob a job, dyb, dyb, dyb, boys in shorts and big hats: do the general public really know what modern Scouting is all about? The Scout kNOT Book has been designed to debunk some of the myths about the Movement.


Scouting is currently active in 216 countries and territories with a global membership of over 28 million. Two thirds of the international membership are in developing countries.The International Office, based at Gilwell Park, promotes international opportunities including camps and projects, with the aim of strengthening links between The Scout Association in the UK and other members of The World Organization of the Scout Movement.

For full information on the Scouting movement, to see what we do and how to join, please visit our website by clicking on the link at the foot of this page.


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