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The Scout Association

Scouting is the largest co-educational youth movement in the world with 28 million members worldwide. Scouting aims to encourage the physical, mental, spiritual and social development of young people to enable them to take a constructive part in their local community. Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

Contacts details

Address:Scout Training Centre
Gilwell Park
Bury Road
E4 7QW
Telephone number: 0345 300 1818

As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life.

We encourage young people to do more, learn more and be more. Each week, we help over 460,000 young people aged 6-25 enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future. 

We're talking about teamwork, leadership and resilience - skills that have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians. We help young people develop and improve key life skills. 

We believe in bringing people together. We celebrate diversity and stand against intolerance, always. We're part of a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures.

What Scouts do  

Young people in the Scouts take part in an exciting programme of activities from kayaking to coding. They develop character skills like resilience, initiative and tenacity; employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving; and practical skills like cooking and first aid. And research proves it really works. A 2018 report says Scouts are 17% more likely to show leadership skills and work well in teams. They're a third more likely to support their communities too.

Age Groups:

Beavers 6-8 years - make friends and try new indoor and outdoor activities

Cubs 8-10 and a half years - learn practical skills while having adventures with friends

Scouts 10 and a half -14 years - build confidence , resilience and a sense of adventure

Explorer Scouts 14-18 years - take the lead, work together and embrace new experiences

Network 18-25 years - hone employability skills and achieve top awards

There are 18 Groups around Plymouth as well as provision in the districts of Plympton, Ivybridge and Plymstock each having its own District Commissioner. Click here to find your closest group in Plymouth. 

A variety of activities are offered throughout the sections and groups. Visit our website for local groups and details of times/days and contact numbers.


Based: Nationally based

Phoneline open 8am-7pm weekdays and 9am-midday on Saturdays.

  • 5 to 11 years old
  • 12 to 16 years old
  • 17 to 25 years old

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