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About us

Our story

Scout Adventures is owned and run by the Scouts. For over 100 years, we've delivered opportunities and activities to millions of young people.

We're founded on our famous Scout values and are proud offer our expertise to a new generation of young people.

When Baden-Powell first took 20 young people to Brownsea Island, Dorset, in 1907 he was delivering one of the first ever residential experiences. Instinctively, he knew that the outdoors would bring out the best in them, giving them opportunities to develop their skills and confidence. Today, outdoor learning is still considered one of the best ways to transform lives and future prospects.

We’ve come a long way since then - they didn’t use GPS - but our values of care, belief, integrity, cooperation remain the same. When you allow a young person to take a risk in a safe environment, they learn and grow.

Did you know? 

Scout Adventures encompasses 10 activity centres across the UK which are owned and operated by the respective national headquarters. These are: 

Operated by The Scouts Association: 
Broadstone Warren, East Sussex, Gilwell Park, London, Great Tower, the Lake District, Hawkhirst, Northumberland and Youlbury, Oxford.

Operated by Scouts Scotland: 
Fordell Firs, Edinburgh, Lochgolihead, Loch Lomond and Meggernie, Perthshire.

Operated by Scouts Cymru: 
Yr Hafod, Snowdonia.

Operated by Scouts Northern Ireland 
Crawfordsburn, Bangor.

Skills for life

Here at Scout Adventures we believe that amazing things can happen in the great outdoors. With our expertise in informal learning (think leadership, teamwork, resilience and initiative) and world famous heritage and values, we've inspired generations of young people to reach their potential and learn skills for life.

Trusted by 57 million members and their families around the world, there's no arguing that the Scouts know what they're doing when it comes to developing young people.

We're the original outdoor pioneers and experts in character education. Our practical approach runs through everything we do and has the power to change lives and create active citizens of the future.

That's our promise of quality. 

Over the years we have commissioned a number of research assessments which highlight the nature and scale of our impact on our membership. We know we help young people to develop significant personal and professional skills, benefiting individuals, the local community and employers.

We take fun pretty seriously

Ask a young person what they want out of their experience and chances are, they’ll talk about fun and friends. And this has a powerful effect on their learning. Happier children learn more, achieve more and do more.

Scout Adventures is all about the big moments. Whether it’s leaping off a jetty into a lake, chatting about the day’s activities in a bunk bed after lights out, or roasting marshmallows over glowing embers, these are memories being made. But something else is happening too. Young people are learning the character skills they need to succeed: leadership, teamwork, resilience and initiative. To them it feels like fun, but these are the experiences that help them grow as people.

For schools

At Scout Adventures it’s all about helping young people to do their best. We believe that learning away can have a powerful, positive impact on young people’s academic achievement.

This is supported with research by Learning Away, which suggests that a residential experience can lead to a 58% improvement in attainment at primary level and 77% improvement at secondary level. Take a look at our Learning Away case study.

Learning Away stats

The Education Endowment Foundation and their toolkit evidence also suggests that young people gain an additional four months' academic progress in a year from participating in outdoor adventure learning. 

We understand that we have a significant role to play in helping and supporting schools to provide high quality residential experiences for young people of all ages that are teacher-led and designed to be affordable and inclusive.

Outdoor Learning

The Institute for Outdoor Learning has a mission to increase participation in Outdoor Learning in the UK and to recognise and improve the quality of Outdoor Learning in the UK. The potential benefits of Outdoor Learning and are so many that they are grouped into four broad categories but are essentially linked to:

  • enhanced personal and social communication skills
  • increased physical health
  • enhanced mental and spiritual health
  • enhanced spiritual, sensory and aesthetic awareness
  • the ability to assert personal control and increased sensitivity to one's own well-being