‘Young people who have participated in a youth or sport club such as Scouting are less likely to drink or smoke, more likely to participate in physical activity, more likely to have a good relationship with other adults in their community, more likely to have parents who trust them and more likely to be engaged in their schooling’
NfP Synergy Report: Typical Young People

"People are quite jealous when you tell them
what you do. When you tell them you have been
abroad, gone abseiling or windsurfing they are
surprised. I've got things out of it and I'm a
better person for it."

In 2011 we commissioned an independent report to measure our impact on young people. This assessment found that Scouting can help young people to make a real and long-lasting commitment to their communities and develop a wide range of valuable skills through adventurous activities.

‘UK Scouting is unparalleled in terms of its scale, geographical locations, range of participants and activities. It has a gained a reputation as a modern, co-educational and development charity/organisation for young people helping them to be physically and mentally healthy.’
PACEC: The Scout Association Impact Assessment

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Scouting offers a physical and educational programme of over 200 activities from archery to cycling, swimming to zorbing.


Scouting's ethos of 'learning by doing' means that young people can try an unparalleled range of activities and skills every week. More traditional Scouting activities include camping, canoeing and climbing. Other activities help young people develop new life skills such as managing money and campaigning on issues that affect them.


‘When I was younger I almost got into a life of crime and was hanging around with the wrong crowd. Coming to Scouts and learning from others meant that I moved away from influences that probably would have meant I ended up in prison’
Scout Network member

Scouting can offer young people a forum for self-belief to change their own lives. Through varied and progressive activities, everything from helping others to lobbying their MP, Scouts learn how to make choices for themselves, take responsibility for their own actions and work in teams. By working together young people learn that it is better to co-operate than create divisions. Through Scouting young people grow in confidence by trying new skills and stretching themselves. It helps them to contribute positively to their communities.


‘As the UK continues to feel the effect of the economic downturn, the skills and attributes gained by participating in Scouting are in demand by many businesses and community organisations.’
PACEC: The Scout Association Impact Assessment

Scouting makes a significant contribution to the UK job market. Scouts develop skills which meet the needs of employers and help strengthen organisations. 89 per cent of Scouts identified that Scouting had helped them to develop 'key skills' including social, team working and leadership skills. External organisations surveyed as part of the 2011 report on the impact of Scouting said that many of key Scouting attributes such as respect for others, friendship, teamwork, character building and personal development were very important characteristics for their staff to have in the workplace; and that staff who had been involved in Scouting were above-average employees.

With 22.5 per cent of 16-24 year olds currently unemployed it is now even more important that young people have the opportunity to develop skills that are not only useful to them, but to employers and their communities.