Research and Learning

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Research and Learning

The case for Scouting 

Over the years we have commissioned a number of research assessments which highlight the nature and scale of Scouting's impact on our 500,000 strong membership. We know it brings significant personal and professional development opportunities and that our attributes and activities provide considerable benefit to employers and local communities as well as all important life skills for individuals. These attributes and activities all run through Scout Adventures.

For the full executive summary 
A Study of the Impact of Scouting on the UK's Young People, Adults and Communities.

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

Scout Adventures believe that amazing things happen in the outdoors. We can ensure these benefits are realised through the many programmes we offer you and your group.

For more information refer to these summaries of key findings of research and major studies in Outdoor Learning.

Brilliant Residentials

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 by recent research by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation ‘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. Over three quarters of young people also say they get on better with their teachers thanks to the residential.

  Primary Secondary

% of children who believed they improved in these areas as the result of a residential

% of children who believed they improved in these areas as the result of a residential

Increased attainment 58% 77%
Better engagement 72% 71%
Improved relationships 75% 84%
Increased confidence 83% 82%


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. See one of our case studies here:

For more in-depth versions of evaluation findings, you can download Learning Away’s published summary, and York Consulting’s executive summary and full report

The Education Endowment Foundation are currently investigating the impact of adventure learning and their toolkit evidence suggests that young people gain an additional four months' academic progress in a year from participating in outdoor adventure learning. A full report will be published in Spring 2021.

Try something different and travel outside of core holidays - #WinterResidentials presents some compelling evidence of why this could be the best option for you. Watch the film, see the infographic and read more here.

So the evidence is both compelling and powerful. Choose us for your next Adventure and realise the benefits so many others have done throughout our history.