Our Organisation


The Scout Association in the UK is one of 170 members of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), which is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Geneva, Switzerland. We are therefore a part of the Global Scouting movement with some 50 million active members. It is the counterpart of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Uniformed Scout members in the UK wear a membership award badge to show their membership of an organisation recognised by WOSM and all national scout associations have the same or a similar badge on their uniforms as well.

Scouting in the UK

The Scout Association is incorporated by Royal Charter and aims to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social, spiritual and emotional potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

The Charter of the Association provides for the making of bye-laws approved by Her Majesty in Council which, in turn, authorise the making of the rules which govern Scouting in the UK (known as “Policy, Organisation and Rules”). The Scout uniform is legally protected and can only be worn by members.


Scouting in the UK is managed by our HQ at Gilwell via Scout Counties. Macclesfield and Congleton is one of the largest Districts within Cheshire


Macclesfield and Congleton District exists to provide leadership, advice and support for Scout Groups within the District, in an area from Congleton in the south up to Poynton in the North


Scout Groups are the smallest unit and normally have at least one Beaver colony, Cub pack and Scout troop. Explorer units may be attached to a Scout group, but are managed at District level and are separate from their associated group.

Each Group, District and County is managed by Lead Volunteer (Group Scout Leader or a Commissioner) and supported by an Executive Committee.

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