What is Scout Adventures?

We have 12 outdoor adventure centres around the UK. All of our centres are owned and run by either Scouts (UK) or Scouts (Scotland) and are all part of the Scout Adventures Network. Our visitors are mainly Scouts, Guides and School groups, but we also run courses for adults too. Over 100,000 young people visit our centres each year for a life-changing experience; to have fun and adventure in the great outdoors, and learn new skills. Guests can stay in our on centre accommodation or camp under the stars.

Our centres run many different outdoor activities for our visitors to enjoy, depending on their location, they can be anything from kayaking, canoeing, bridge building, sailing, raft building, archery, high ropes, climbing, to basic scouting skills such as backwoods cooking, pioneering and orienteering. The list is endless.

In 2019, we welcomed around 140 volunteers from over 30 countries, including Argentina, New Zealand, Brazil, Algeria, Ghana, Mexico, South Africa, Guatemala, Spain, South Korea and UK.


What is the role of a Scout Adventures Volunteer?

We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic people from all around the world to be part of the most important teams on centres; helping to deliver a wide range of outdoor activities to young people. Join one of our 8 or 12 month residential programmes and you can be sure of a challenge; but we hope you also find your stay enjoyable, exciting and hugely rewarding. 

  • Read our Volunteer Programme brochure here 
  • Read what life is like for volunteers at our centres here 


Who can apply?

Anyone can apply if you're over 18 years old and you must be able to communicate well in English to deliver fun and safe activities to our guests.

You’ll need lots of energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to be outdoors – whatever the weather!

We don’t ask for specific qualifications or experience, we give you all the training that you need.

What to expect

  • Food and accommodation
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Full training and support
  • Make new international friends
  • Have fun and make a difference to young people

Visa and costs

  • If you don’t hold an EU passport then you'll need to apply for a Tier 5 Charity visa.  Visa - £244 (fee subject to change)
  • Everyone on a placement of 6 months or more will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). IHS - £624 (fee subject to change)
  • All volunteers will be required to provide a Criminal Records Check/Certificate of Good Conduct.
  • Some countries require you to have a TB test certificate (please check if this applies to you).
  • You're responsible for arranging transport to and from the UK, but we'll collect you from the airport/train station to transfer you to the training centre.

To apply as a Volunteer

Before you start your application, you'll need the following:

  • A recent photo of yourself (saved as either a JPEG, GIF or PNG).
  • Your CV and a letter of reference/recommendation
  • Scouts or Guides - Membership confirmation from your National Scout Organisation

We need a written confirmation hand-signed by the International Commissioner of your National Scout/Guide Organisation or Association, stating you are a registered member. This should be a scanned letter. Please contact your national Scout headquarters if you need support with this.

  • This application will take around 20 minutes; so please ensure that you've enough time before starting as it cannot be saved.

Our placement dates

February 2021 applications are now closed.  

For any other enquiries please email us at


    "It is impossible to imagine how much the Scout Adventures volunteer programme can blow your mind and change everything. I learned to value the day to day, to count experiences and not things."

    Barbara (Argentina)

    "My experience at Lochgoilhead centre was awesome beyond my expectations, most exciting was the fact that the centre took time to teach me in less than 3 months skills that others learn in many years. I’m more confident and wish others could learn the same as me."

    Flavia (Zambia)