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Young people in Scouts are more outward looking, tolerant of others and take a more active role in their communities.

Our purpose is to develop young people so they have the skills for life, to succeed; regardless of their academic ability.

Whether they’re applying to college or university, looking for a job or simply making the most of their spare time; practical, character and employability skills are just as important as exam results and qualifications.

We were extremely proud to confirm that young people in Scouts are more outward looking, tolerant of others and take a more active role in their communities than non-Scouts.

In 2017, The Scouts surveyed 2,500 young people (14-17 year olds) in Scouts and 400 not in Scouts (matching them in terms of age, location and gender). The research aimed to understand what young people in Scouts participated in, how satisfied they were with their Scouts experience and the impact Scouts has had on them.


We found that:

  • young people in Scouts are 18% more likely to be curious about the world around them
  • 86% of young people in Scouts report spending time with people from backgrounds that are different from their own and are 12% more positive about such interactions
  • 75% agreed or strongly agreed that they now feel more positive towards people from backgrounds different to themselves, because of Scouts
  • young people in Scouts are 29% more confident taking an active role in their communities, volunteering for 54 hours more than young people not in Scouts
  • young people in Scouts are 26% more likely to vote in the next general election that they’re entitled to vote in
  • 78% said that, because of Scouts, they are more likely to help out in their local area and feel a greater responsibility to their local community

The study was independently analysed by SocStats social research, and the control group of nonScouts provided by fast.MAP polling company. 

Download the full report here.