Scouting Changes Lives

A recent independent report into Scouting’s impact found that we make a huge difference both to the lives of our members and across the wider community.

The report was produced in 2011 by Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC), and among the things they found out were:

Young people

88% of our young people said that Scouting helps them improve their key skills, including social skills, teamwork ability, leadership ability and confidence.

92% of our young people said that Scouting helped them build good relationships and long-lasting friendships.

88% of our young people said that Scouting helped them at school and in employment.


95% of our volunteers said that Scouting helped them improve their physical skills, including the improved ability to cope with outdoor conditions.

97% of our volunteers said that being involved helped them with relationship building.

41% of wider community organisations said that if Scouting was on a job applicant’s CV it would be a positive influence on their appointment.


82% of young people and 90% of adult volunteers take part in community service or a volunteering activity at least once a year.

41% of Scouts volunteer for other charitable organisations.

80% of community organisations and local businesses surveyed believe that Scouting benefits their organisation, and 69% said Scouting involvement benefited their clients or service users.

Read a fuller summary of the report

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls