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The Scout Association is open to all young people and adults regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.
We have a clear Equal Opportunities Policy and attend Pride events to demonstrate our commitment to equality. We openly welcome LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) members, have volunteers specialising in diversity (including our national team of Specialist Advisers) and even a national unit supporting LGBT adults in Scouting FLAGS.

Pride in London 2018

We came, we saw, we conquered! Pride in London 2018 was a success.

Scouts came together and took to the streets of London showing the public that The Scouts are inclusive, diverse and a safe place to be yourself.

If you attended Pride in London with The Scouts and would like to leave feedback, please do so by completing the form here.

If you would like to get involved with next year please do keep an eye on this page for more information.

What is Scouts?

Scouts is all about fun, challenges and adventure. The Scout Association is the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation. Our volunteers offer 6- to 25-year-olds, both male and female, fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance make a positive impact in communities. Think Scouts is all about boys, tents and woggles? Let our ‘Think you know Scouting’ video change your mind!

Find out more about Scouts here.

Read more about support and guidance for our volunteers here.

How can I get involved?

Whether you’re a young person wanting to get involved or an adult interested in our many volunteering opportunities, visit http://scouts.org.uk/get-involved and enter your postcode to find out about Scouts near you.

Why does The Scout Association attend Pride?

Attending Pride events is a way of demonstrating our commitment to equality and building a more inclusive society, and showing that we openly welcome LGBT members. We have been attending Pride in London for a number of years, and our volunteer unit (FLAGS), who support attendance at other Pride events across the county.

To read about some young people's thoughts on attending Pride with Scouting, click here.

What do you do at Pride in London?

In 2016, our eighth year attending Pride in London, a group of over 100 volunteers and young people represented Scouts in the head of the parade. We had a great day and were pleased to welcome several trustees and members of Team UK. 

Members attended a morning meet up to network, enjoy activities, and find out about support for inclusion in Scouting, including FLAGS and our national team of Specialist Advisers.

Check out our photos of the event here.

We also have a short video which was shown to the crowds in Trafalgar Square in 2013 and 2014, with the message that Scouting is inclusive.

How can I attend a Pride event with Scouting?

Whatever your sexual orientation or gender identity, if you’re a Member of Scouting wanting to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion, you can join us at one of a number of Pride events across the country. In 2016 Scouts were present at Pride events in London, Essex, Hull, Grimsby, Blackpool, Manchester, Oxford, Portsmouth, Brighton, Birmingham, Coventry, Edinburgh and Cardiff!

Contact FLAGS at pride@flagscouts.org.uk for further information.

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