Scouting is the UK's biggest coeducational youth movement. Each week a total of 480,896 people in the UK are involved in Scouting activities. The organisation offers young people aged 6 to 25 and adult volunteers the experience of a lifetime. Click join today on the left or above. If your child isn't of age it doesn't mean you can't register your interest to receive our newsletter.

The aim of Scouting is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

Scouting provides adventurous, challenging and fun development opportunities for young people, regardless of religion, race, social or economic background. Outdoor activities such as camping, hiking expeditions, water activities and adventure are still very much at the heart of Scouting. 

We have a few common questions below. If you have any that are not covered click Join Today! above and ask your question.


When can my child join Scouting?

Starting age for 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?

It's from £26 per term, but this can vary between age groups. The first three weeks are free to see whether your child likes it. Subscriptions is 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.