What are our aims
Scouting is an international youth movement that welcomes members from all social backgrounds, faiths and cultures.
The Purpose of Scouting
The purpose of Scouting is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.
Skills for Life
As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life.
We encourage young people to do more, learn more and be more. Each week, we help over 460,000 young people aged 6-25 enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.
We’re talking about teamwork, leadership and resilience – skills that have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians.
We help young people develop and improve key life skills.
We believe in bringing people together. We celebrate diversity and stand against intolerance, always. We’re part of a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures.
The Scout Method
Scouting uses a Method, which is young people, in partnership with adults:
- enjoying what they are doing;
- learning by doing;
- participating in varied and progressive activities;
- making choices for themselves;
- taking responsibility for their own actions;
- working in groups;
- taking increasing responsibility for others;
- taking part in activities outdoors;
- sharing in prayer and worship;
- making and living out their Promise.
Over one hundred years ago, Robert Baden-Powell started Scouting by organising a camp for 20 boys from differing backgrounds. Through this practical implementation of the aim, Scouting has become a major positive influence, helping people to become active citizens. Today with over thirty million members in all but 3 countries, Scouting is a great force for peace and understanding.