About us

The Scout Association offers fun and everyday adventure to 573,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 25 across the United Kingdom.

About us

It all began during the first nine days of August 1907 on Brownsea Island, Dorset. Lord Baden-Powell held an experimental camp to try out his ideas and brought together 20 boys from a variety of backgrounds.

We are proud to be part of the County that Scouting was born in and today Dorset Scouts offers fun, challenge and adventure to over 8000 young people aged between 4 and 25.

We enable young people from every background to reach their full potential through the unique experience of Scouting. They get the chance to enjoy new activities, make friends, develop skills, and make a positive impact in their communities.

Over 1,800 adult volunteers (there’s room for more!) help make Dorset Scouting amazing in a diversity of ways; either by working directly with our young people or by helping manage a Group by being a charity Trustee. Dorset Scouts supports its volunteers so they can get the most out of their experiences by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.

What adventures, experiences and learning can we all enjoy?

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Our County Team proudly wear this Necker and all members of Dorset wear this county badge:

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