Wharfedale District Scouts

Wharfedale District

Wharfedale District Scout Council - Charity Number 524827

West Yorkshire County

Introduction to Scouting

The Scout Association offers everyday adventure and activity to almost 400,000 young people across the UK. The Movement is the largest co-educational youth organisation in the world, with over 28 million Members in 216 countries and territories. Scouting was founded by Robert Baden Powell in 1907. Further details of the history of Scouting can be found here.


In the UK Scouting is organised through The Scout Association and has a clear purpose:


To help young people achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as Members of their local, national and international communities.


About our work

Even if we can't solve all the problems in the world, we can help to make it a better place. Scouting makes a positive contribution to society by helping young people to develop as active members of the community:


Scouting works well when young people enjoy learning by working in partnership with adults. They do this by:


Our method for giving young people the opportunity to learn by doing is called the Programme. The Programme is a continuous progression of training, activities and awards that covers everything that young people do in Scouting from the age of 6 to 25.


Our commitment

In Scouting, our adults have a responsibility to make sure that the Programme is fun and exciting. We must also make sure that it is safe. The Scout Association's policies, rules, code of behaviour, advice on Child Protection and safety policy are there to ensure our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.


Who can be a Scout?

Scouting is inclusive and is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background. There are also plenty of opportunities for adults to become involved as Leaders, Assistants or Administrators.


What does it cost?

Each Group or Unit decides on the amount of its subscription, but they are generally in the region of £20-£25 per term (ie 3 times per year). This covers membership of the Scout Association (which includes insurance for personal injury), rent, heating, maintenance, insurance etc for the premises, and the cost of running the programme. None of the adult leaders are paid! We would hope that cost does not prevent anyone from gaining the benefits from all that Scouting offers and Groups can often help in cases of hardship. They also operate ‘uniform banks’ in many cases.