World membership

There are 164 National Scout Organisations (NSOs) located in 224 countries and territories around the world. There are over 40 million members of World Scouting in some one million local community Scout Groups, making Scouting the largest youth movement in the world.

Employability skills acquired in Scouting include: ‘teamwork’, ‘problem-solving’, ‘leadership’, ‘self-confidence’, ‘social skills’, ‘independence’, ‘responsibility’ and ‘showing commitment’.

Research shows that people with experience of volunteering develop skills that are highly demanded by employers. In a 2010 YouGov survey, 57 per cent of managers felt that skills gained from volunteering can fill gaps in the workplace.

79% of the general public believe that it is very important for young people to have a range of structured, out of school activities available to them.

Amazing but true…


  • 11 of the 12 people to walk on the moon were Scouts.
  • Scouts have stood on the summit of Everest and at the South Pole.
  • Scouts are public spirited – all our leaders are volunteers and nearly half (47%) volunteer outside of Scouting as well.
  • Over 150,000 adult volunteers in Scouting learn new skills, make new friends and make a positive impact in their communities
  • We offer over 200 activities from abseiling and coding to drama and water-zorbing.
  • Over a quarter of UK Scouting’s membership is female.
  • Scouting offers hundreds of different volunteer roles from management positions to behind the scenes roles like driving the minibus or painting and decorating.
  • 1 person began Scouting in 1907; today 620,000 Scouts now take part in the UK and 40 million around the world.
  • What have Barack Obama, David Beckham, Paul McCartney, The Duchess of Cambridge, Richard Branson and Jamie Oliver all got in common? They were (or are) all Scouts.
  • Our Patron is HM The Queen

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