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The Scout Association offers a number of extra services to complement and support UK Scouts. As we're a charity, every penny we make from these ventures is put straight back into Scouting.

For more details about any of our services, click the links on the left.

Unity (Scout Insurance Services)

Unity provides bespoke insurance solutions to The Scout Association, covering accidents and injuries to Members and liabilities of leaders and trustees. It also offers specialist policies to Scout Groups, Districts and Counties to insure the things you own; events that you run; and non-members associated with your Group.

Unity has over 80 years experience providing cover to the Scout Movement, and all profits go back into Scouting.

Scout Shops Ltd

Scout Shops Ltd is owned by The Scout Association, and is our retail arm, selling Scouting products and a wide range of outdoor equipment, mainly to members of The Scout Association. 

With a presence both online and on the high street, Scout Shops funds its own stock and trading expenses, after which all profits go into Scouting.

Activity centres

We operate nine Scout Activity Centres around the UK, enabling Scouts, Guides and other groups to take part in activity days and residential experiences at affordable prices.

The professional teams at each centre help support different programme options, and they'll do all they can to make sure young people have an experience to remember.

Conference centres

The Scout Association runs two conference centres: Baden-Powell House in central London, and Gilwell Park on the edge of Epping Forest. A dedicated team provides tailored packages for a range of events, from meetings conferences and training to corporate activity days and wedding receptions.

Baden-Powell House

Baden-Powell House boasts a range of flexible meeting rooms for between two and 90 people, a large main hall for up to 300, modern facilities, a large rooftop garden and award-winning caterers.

Gilwell Park

Set in 108 acres on the edge of Epping Forest, Gilwell combines 17th Century Grade II-listed architecture with purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities. With 13 meeting rooms for between two and 80 people, a large main hall for 250, 35 en-suite bedrooms and 30 on-site activities.

Scout Holiday Homes Trust

We provide affordable family holidays at popular holiday sites, with specially adapted accommodation for anyone with a special need.

These holidays are available to families, carers or groups who have a member with a disability, physical or mental or age-related illness, and to low-income or single-parent families. No Scouting connection is required.


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Charity Numbers 306101 (England and Wales) and SC038437 (Scotland).
Registered address: The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London, England E4 7QW