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Scouting offers fun, challenge and everyday adventure to more than 460,000 young people across the UK!

As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life. We encourage our young people to do more, learn more and be more.

Gain #SkillsForLife

Each week, we give over 460,000 young people across the UK the opportunity to 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 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.

What Scouts do

Young people in Scouts take part in an exciting programme of over 200 different activities from kayaking to coding. They develop character skills like resilience, initiative and tenacity; employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving; and practical skills like cooking and first aid.

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. The fun of Scouting challenges young people to embark on exciting, new adventures.

Adventure does not have to be extravagant or expensive – there are adventures to be had everywhere. For a Beaver it is an adventure to wake up after their first ever night away on a Beaver sleepover, for a Cub the sense of achievement after helping on a community project or for an Explorer the camaraderie of spending the weekend hill walking with fellow Explorers.

Scouting in Horsham District

Our District is made up of 15 Scout Groups, 10 Explorer Scout Units, a local Scout Network, a Scout Support Unit and an incredible number of leaders and supporters. In 2020 we had over 1200 young people and over 600 adult volunteers supporting them to achieve their full potential.

Our Scout Groups Our Explorer Units Our District Team

We are very fortunate in Horsham to have an incredible 36 acre Scout campsite right on our doorstep. Beacon Hill Scout Campsite is managed by a small team of volunteers on behalf of the District and allows our young people to get outdoors every week as well as on camps throughout the year!

Beacon Hill Scout Campsite

Explore the opportunities

The Scouts is comprised of 5 youth sections ranging in age from 6 to 25 years old. But, Scouting isn’t just for young people, there are a huge number of ways to get involved and volunteer in the Scouts. From activity planners and shoelace tiers to sandwich makers and photo takers. Explore the opportunities Scouting brings below!

Beavers (6-8) Cubs (8-10½) Scouts (10½-14) Explorers (14-18)

Network (18-25) Volunteer (18+)

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls