What is Scouting?

Scouting is a global movement with over 40 million members. Scouting offers a diverse range of activities and opportunities that challenge young people to be the best they can be physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and morally.

The emphasis of Scouting is to have fun and learn at the same time.  Beavers and all sections of a Scouts group get satisfaction from meeting regularly, taking part in challenges, making friends, learning new things, discovering and mastering new skills, gaining self-confidence, developing strong friendships and most importantly cultivating a love and appreciation of the outdoors.  Primary activities include games, camping, woodcraft, first aid, aquatics, hiking, sports and much, much more.

History of Scouting

Scouting began in 1907 and was founded by Robert Baden-Powell, an army officer. At the root of scouting is out door adventure, helping others and developing life skills.

The Fundamentals of Scouting comprise:

  • The purpose of Scouting
  • The values of Scouting
  • The method of Scouting

The Purpose of Scouting:

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

The Values of Scouting


We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.


We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.


We have self-respect and respect for others.


We support others and take care of the world in which we live.


We make a positive difference; we cooperate with others and make friends.

Programme Objectives:

  • Physical: physical health and fitness, including the impact of diet, illness and exercise
  • Intellectual: development of knowledge, skills, talents and use of creative expression
  • Emotional: identity, emotional awareness and emotional expression
  • Social: living and working with others, relationships, community, culture and diversity
  • Spiritual: faiths, beliefs and attitudes

The Method of Scouting:

Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:

  • Enjoy what they are doing and have fun;
  • Take part in activities indoors and outdoors;
  • Learn by doing;
  • Share in spiritual reflection;
  • Take responsibility and make choices;
  • Undertake new and challenging activities; and
  • Make and live by their Promise.

Spiritual Development:

  • Develop an inner discipline and training.
  • Be involved in corporate (group) activities.
  • Understand the natural world around you.
  • Help to create a more tolerant and caring society.
  • Discover the need for prayer and worship.

The Religious Policy:

All Members of the Movement are encouraged to:

  • make every effort to progress in their understanding and observance of the Promise to do their best to do their duty to God
  • belong to some religious body
  • carry into practice the principles of their beliefs.