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the scout programme of adventure

There’s something for every young person, whatever their physical ability


Every young person in Scouting enjoys a balanced range of activities, events and experiences, based around subject areas we call Programme Zones. They cover a huge range of activities, from outdoor and physical pursuits to community involvement, creative expression and learning about the wider world.

Together we help Scouts get the most out of their Scouting experience by including elements from as many zones as possible within the activities on offer. And, the older they get, the more input young people themselves have in their own activity selection. From hiking in the dark to travelling across Poland with just a backpack and three friends, these are some of the ways our young people develop life changing confidence.


Activities are an integral part of Scouting. But as well as being challenging physically, our activities help young people set and achieve goals and grow in confidence.

Giving young people a voice

Our vision is to have a movement shaped by young people in partnership with adults. We aim to empower our youth members to be actively involved in every aspect of Scouting, including programme and activity planning and the way that groups are run.

Youth Involvement is essential to the future success of Scouting by ensuring that we remain relevant to the needs and interests of young people.

badges and awards

Did you know that as well as hiking, healthy eating and camping badges, our Scouts can develop skills in IT, PR and mechanics?

Our activity badges allow Scouts to demonstrate their progress in various pursuits, and help them to form new interests. They are usually awarded when a young person has completed a challenging yet achievable set of requirements.

We also have a number of Challenge Awards, which focus on more ambitious tasks and are themed around the zones of our balanced programme.

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