Information for parents

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

In an independent survey of over 2,000 parents of Scouts, nine out of ten parents said Scouting is worthwhile and nine in ten said their children find Scouting enjoyable.

Parents tell us Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility and a broader set of friends. Scouting can help develop your child’s social skills and encourage self-sufficiency, and gives them access to activities and opportunities that may have been otherwise unavailable to them.

When a young person joins Scouting, they will be expected to: wear the appropriate uniform, make a promise about doing their best and follow the age-appropriate laws and values for their section. Scout Groups will expect Scouts to attend regularly. Certain Sections may have a behaviour code, normally prepared by the young people in the relevant section.

Ability to pay is not a bar to Scouting and we seek to provide Scouting at the lowest cost.

However we realise that this may be a difficulty and we would urge anyone who considers costs to be a bar to a young person participating to firstly speak with the relevant Group Scout Leader.

You can find more information for parents here.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls