About Scouting

The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 600,000 young people aged 6-25 in the UK. Internationally, we have over 38 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.

International Scouting
Scouting is currently active in 216 countries and territories with a global membership of over 38 million. Two thirds of the international membership are in developing countries.  The International Office, based at Gilwell Park in the UK, 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.