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Scouting offers fun, challenge and everyday adventure to more than 400,000 girls and boys across the UK!

Offering over 200 different activities, Scouting helps 6-25 year olds grow in confidence, achieve their full potential and become active members of their communities.

Our aim in Sunderland District is to offer everyday adventure to as many young people as we can. We welcome all 6-25 year olds who would like to join us as well as those over 18 who wish to volunteer to help bring the adventure of Scouting to more young people.

  Scouting Age Ranges  
    Beaver Scouts – 6 to 8  
    Cub Scouts – 8 to 10½  
    Scouts – 10½ to 14  
    Explorer Scouts – 14 to 18  
    Scout Network – 18 to 25  
    Adult volunteers – 18 and over  

The Scout Movement is a worldwide organisation with 27 million members. It is open to all regardless of ethnic background or religious belief.  The first inspection of a Scout Troop by Baden-Powell, the movement’s founder, took place on 22nd February 1908 when he visited the Vaux Own troop at Grindon here in Sunderland. This Troop had been founded by Cuthbert Vaux of the brewery family, a close friend of Baden-Powell, whom he had met in the South African War. Robert Baden-Powell was born in 1854. By profession a soldier, he became national hero in 1900 for leading the defence of Mafeking. Whilst in the army he promoted the idea of a youth organisation encouraging social responsibility and citizenship giving boys an alternative to poor health and drunkenness. In 1907 an experimental camp for Scouts was held at Brownsea Island in Dorset and he published a book about his ideas in 1908. This was embraced by many young people and the rest, as they say, is history.

Sunderland Scout District (part of Durham Scout County) is responsible for supporting all 12 Scout Groups, Volunteers and Young People across the District. Locations of the Groups and Units can be found here.

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ADVENTURE - at all levels and in many forms - is the 'essence' of Scouting. Rather than just extreme sports, it encompasses the many ways that Scouting challenges and stretches the lives of young people. We want to promote the message that for a Beaver Scout, waking up the morning after their first night away from home is as much an adventure as a Member of the Scout Network hang-gliding or scuba diving.

What’s this I hear about waiting lists?
Scouting is popular with young people and this means that sometimes we can’t take everyone at the time they want to join us – they have to go on a waiting list. We try to fit people in as soon as we can and will be happy to talk over the options with you.The key for us to be able to provide more Scouting for more young people is the number of adult volunteers we can recruit. Daughters and sons of our adult volunteers can be found places in our Groups.

Want to know more about volunteering as an adult?

One of the biggest myths about Scouting is that Groups are closing down due to a lack of young people wanting to become Members. Nothing could be further from the truth; Scouting in the UK is a growing Movement and we currently have 30,000 young people on our waiting lists simply because we do not have enough adults to help out.volunteering is easier

contact us at info@sunderlandscouts.org.uk, or you can telephone (0191) 565 7444 for more information