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A recent independent report into Scouting’s impact found that we make a huge difference both to the lives of our members and across the wider community.

The report was produced in 2011 by Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC), and among the things they found out were:

 

Young people

88% of our young people said that Scouting helps them improve their key skills, including social skills, teamwork ability, leadership ability and confidence.

92% of our young people said that Scouting helped them build good relationships and long-lasting friendships.

88% of our young people said that Scouting helped them at school and in employment.

 

Volunteers

95% of our volunteers said that Scouting helped them improve their physical skills, including the improved ability to cope with outdoor conditions.

97% of our volunteers said that being involved helped them with relationship building.

41% of wider community organisations said that if Scouting was on a job applicant’s CV it would be a positive influence on their appointment.

 

Communities

82% of young people and 90% of adult volunteers take part in community service or a volunteering activity at least once a year.

41% of Scouts volunteer for other charitable organisations.

80% of community organisations and local businesses surveyed believe that Scouting benefits their organisation, and 69% said Scouting involvement benefited their clients or service users.

 

UK wide...

Scouting offers challenge and adventure to almost half a million young people aged 6-25 in the UK. We believe in helping our Members fulfil their potential by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves. We're working to make Scouting available to all and we're passionate about what we do.

 

Adventure is at the heart of everything we do. It is the single most important thing that sets Scouts apart.

It's exciting being involved with us. We believe that through the everyday adventure of Scouting, young people and adult volunteers regularly experience new challenges that enrich their lives.

We offer hundreds of activities, as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, staged performance, paragliding, and archery. There’s something for every young person, whatever their physical ability.

 

How our programme works

Every young person in Scouting enjoys a balanced programme of activities, events and experiences, based around subject areas we call Programme Zones.

The zones vary slightly depending on which of our sections the young person is in, but they cover a huge range of activities, from outdoor and physical pursuits to community involvement, creative expression and learning about the wider world.

Together we help Scouts get the most out of their Scouting experience by including elements from as many zones as possible within the activities on offer. And, the older they get, the more input young people themselves have in their own programme.

Hiking in the dark. Travelling across Poland with just a backpack and three friends. Spending the first night away from home.

Activities are an integral part of Scouting. But as well as being challenging physically, our activities help young people set and achieve goals and grow in confidence.

The sort of adventure Scouting offers is the chance to experience something different and the opportunity to challenge yourself. When a Beaver Scout wakes up the morning after a sleepover, or a Cub Scout has just got over her fear of heights by completing her first abseil - that’s adventure.

In Scouting, we provide over 200 activities from abseiling to zorbing (‘that’s falling out of the sky in a foam ball in case you were wondering). If we don’t have an instructor who can help we can normally find someone who can. But Scouting isn’t just about activities for their own sake. We encourage our young people to feel the buzz of the challenge and then reflect on what that means. Did they have fun? Do they feel more confident? Would they do it again?

Through the adventure of Scouting, young people get to take risks in a safe environment, and have their first taste of responsibility. We give young people experiences they’ll never forget.

 

Want to get involved?

All this is made possible by the efforts of over 100,000 voluntary adult leaders. With award winning training and one-to-one support, we make sure that each one of our volunteers gets to make the best use of their skills and talents. It’s something different from the norm, and that why a lot of people like it.’ In fact, it’s what’s made us the largest co-educational youth Movement in the country.

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This page was last updated on 2 January 2013 by Ben Richardson