Who are Scout Network?

Scout Network is our fifth and final section for 18-25 year olds.

Whether you’re completely new to Scouts or have been with us since you were 5 years old, joining is a great way to meet new people, seek out new challenges and see the world. Because being a grown up shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun.

What do Scout Network get up to? 

Scout Network is the fifth section of The Scout Associations youth programme and is for all young adults aged 18-25.

Scouting exists to make young people’s lives better, helping them realise their full potential and make an impact on their community. Scout Network enables this to happen through a programme of projects and events divided into three Programme Areas: Adventure, International and Community.

As a member of Scout Network you can expect to have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of exciting projects and events with 20,000 other 18 to 25 year olds across the UK. You will have the chance to get involved in a variety of activities and can earn virtual badges for your contribution.

Whilst participating in the Scout Network programme of projects and events you will build a great network of friends through working as part of a team. You’ll also learn invaluable life skills and have the opportunity to take the lead and build your leadership skills. No previous experience is necessary and it’s free to join.

Structure and Support

Scout Network is structured in a way that allows members to connect with other 18 to 25 year olds in their local area through the Scout District, supported by the Scout County.

The District Scout Network Commissioner, Assistant County Commissioner (Scout Network) and Programme Coordinators are roles available to support Scout Network members in creating, delivering and participating in the programme of projects and events. They are a great support through this website but also with regular face to face local meetings in your area, just another way to meet members and make friends.

Starting small, thinking big

Scouts start small but think big. They stand up for what they believe in and make a difference on their doorstops, confident in the knowledge that their daily actions add up.

In a society that can often feel increasingly isolated and inward facing, Scouts build bridges and break barriers.

Throughout history, they’ve played all sorts of useful roles in society, and this legacy continues today.

Sound like fun? That’s because it is. All that’s missing is you.


Activities badges


Events & Celebration Badges


International Badges

Projects and Events

These a 395 virtual badges that can be achieved through participation in projects and events. Further information about Scout Network badges can be found  here.

There are a wide variety of projects and events that make up the Scout Network programme on offer. Participating in projects and events is also the way to collect virtual badges.

Examples of projects and events you can get involved with:

Gaining National Governing Body qualifications for activities such as Mountain Leader Awards as well as for Scouting’s in house scheme enabling you to become an Activity Leader. Camping and developing practical Scouting skills through Survival Skills weekends or being part of an Expedition team to help complete a Scouting top award such as DofE Gold or Queen’s Scout Award.
Visiting a country abroad to explore the culture, meet other Scouting members from around the world or get involved in a community project to make a positive impact. If you and other Network members plan an overseas expedition for 10 days, to explore the culture and undertake some projects you are planning an Explorer Belt Award expedition! Exploring global issues in the world around us and how we can make a difference and share our knowledge with others.
Taking part and leading a community project in our society and world that will make a positive difference and impact to those in need of our support. Our Million Hands campaign aims to mobilise half a million Scouts! Supporting Scouting to build a more inclusive society, that is open to all. This could include attending events to demonstrate our commitment to equality.

What does a Scout Network look like? 

Local arrangements will vary. Network members don’t necessarily meet every week. Some might meet a few times a year to complete a single project together. Others might dive into lots of different projects at once, or meet locally more regularly.

No matter how you’d like to do things, advice on how to get the most out of projects and events can be found here.

Joining Scout Network

Interested in joining? Get in touch with your local leader using our  finder tool. They’ll tell you more about where and when the group meets.

Ready to get involved or just want to know a little bit more?

Then get in touch with your local group.

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