What Is Scouting?

Scouting is much more than just an activity club for kids and young people, it is a worldwide, values based, educational Movement.  In the UK the Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25. Internationally, we have over 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of Scouting  across 216 countries. Personal development means promoting the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, helping them achieve their full potential. In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are 'learning by doing,' when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.

Parents say Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility, a broader set of friends, a chance to pursue things they might not get to do otherwise, adventure and an extended family.

‘They have fun and learn discipline too. It’s a good combination.’

In Scouting Chldren and Young People follow a Programme - a seamless progression of training, activities and awards that starts at age 6 and goes up to 25.  The programme is divided into 5 age ranges, or sections:

  6 to 8 yrs

 8 to 10½ yrs

 10½ to 14 yrs

 14 to 18 yrs
 18 to 25 yrs


Scouting is organised and run locally by volunteers and Sale Central Scouts is one of a number of Scout Groups in Sale, each of which is responsible for its own programme of activities, camps and meetings.  Sale Central Scouts runs Beaver and Cub sections at both Raglan Road and Woodbourne Road in Sale.  We also have a Scout Troop and an Explorer Scout section at our Woodbourne Hut.

The local Groups are overseen by a Disctrict Committee who report upwards to Regional and National Headquarters.  Sale District organises an annual District Camp which may be attended by any or all of the local groups.  Even bigger events are organised at national and international level.

Our sections are run by experienced adults who have completed training as Section Leaders through a programme organised by the Scout Association.  All our leaders are CRB cleared.

Each of the sections has their own page on this website where you can find more information about their activities.  If you would like to learn more about Scouting in general you can go to the Scout association website at www.scouts.org.uk.