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Scouting is one of the great success stories of the last 100 years. From an experimental camp for 20 boys on Brownsea Island in 1907. Globally the Scout movement is the largest co-educational youth organisation, it has spread to 216 countries and territories, with approximately 31 million members.

One of the biggest myths about Scouting is that Groups are closing down due to a lack of young people wanting to become Members. Nothing could be further from the truth; Scouting in the UK is a growing Movement and we currently have 30,000 young people on our waiting lists simply because we do not have enough adults to help out. – why not help out? Whatever your skills and availability, there will be some way you can contribute, meaning more young people get to experience the adventure of Scouting.

Do you remember…

… what it was like to be six or eight? Every day was a new adventure and fun and friends were what mattered most.

93% of children who have been in the scout movement, said that Scouting helped them build good relationships and long lasting friendships.

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Well in Scouting, we still believe that.

Bear Grylls - UK Chief Scout and Chief Ambassador of World Scouting

Bear Grylls became the UK’s youngest ever Chief Scout when he was appointed in 2009, aged 34. he remains the public face of the Scouts in the UK. Inspiring the movement through a period of unprecedented growth, he has helped thousands of young people to gain new skills, try new things, and look to the future with optimism.

In 2018, Bear took on the additional role as the first ever Chief Ambassador of World Scouting, responsible for promoting the value of being a Scout to a global audience.

In 2019, speaking of his role, Bear says:

‘When I became Chief Scout in 2009, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. With every passing day since, I’ve become even more inspired by the dedication of our leaders and volunteers, who tirelessly prepare young people with skills for life.

Together, we have grown our movement, given young people the voice they deserve and welcomed so many new communities to the Scouts. It’s all about delivering chances to young people where they are needed most. In 2019, my goal remains the same: to encourage and stand up for young people in all they do.’

Bear Grylls - UK Chief Scout and Chief Ambassador of World Scouting

Bear Grylls became the UK’s youngest ever Chief Scout when he was appointed in 2009, aged 34. he remains the public face of the Scouts in the UK. Inspiring the movement through a period of unprecedented growth, he has helped thousands of young people to gain new skills, try new things, and look to the future with optimism.

In 2018, Bear took on the additional role as the first ever Chief Ambassador of World Scouting, responsible for promoting the value of being a Scout to a global audience.

In 2019, speaking of his role, Bear says:

‘When I became Chief Scout in 2009, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. With every passing day since, I’ve become even more inspired by the dedication of our leaders and volunteers, who tirelessly prepare young people with skills for life.

Together, we have grown our movement, given young people the voice they deserve and welcomed so many new communities to the Scouts. It’s all about delivering chances to young people where they are needed most. In 2019, my goal remains the same: to encourage and stand up for young people in all they do.’

Here is a clip of a recent Facebook post where Bear Grylls was answering some of your questions and talking about his favourite activities from #TheGreatIndoors!

Check out hundreds of activities to enjoy at home: scouts.org.uk/thegreatindoors.

Scout Ambassadors

The Scout Association has an incredible team of ambassadors. They all different kinds of people but have one thing in common: to share far and wide how Scouts is helping young people gain skills for life.

The inspirers

The space-walkers and early-morning talkers, the directors and pole-trekkers, the swimmers and rowers. To us, they’re all heroes-in-neckers. They’re the ones telling the world about what we do – giving young people the skills to succeed.

They broadcast to millions on TV and radio. They’ve made history walking rivers, reaching poles and travelling the world. All are committed to Scouts and none are afraid to break the mould.

Follow the link to view a list and bios of some of the Scout's Ambassadors.

Steve Backshall on the importance of resilience #SkillsForLife


Scout Ambassador Ed Stafford on the power of resilience #SkillsForLife


How Scouts builds resilience from Dwayne Fields. #SkillsForLife