Scouts for Young People

Scouts is where young people make new friends, have amazing adventures, and learn new skills.

What do Scouts do?

Scouts are do-ers and give-it-a-go-ers.

Yes, Scouts in Portsmouth go camping, hiking, swimming, abseiling, cycling, canoeing and even sailing. But we also get to hang out with our friends every week – having fun, playing games, working in a team and taking on new challenges.

Every week we give over 1,300 4-25 year olds across Portsmouth the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.

Everyone’s welcome here. All genders, races and backgrounds. Regardless of your child’s physical ability – there’s a Scout adventure out there in Portsmouth waiting for them. And we’ll help them find it.

Register to help your child discover their ‘thing’: from abseiling to coding to performance art and everything in between.

The Scout Promise

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best

to uphold our Scout values, to do my duty to The Queen,

to help other people

and to keep the Scout Law.

Scouts is open to people of all faiths and of none. Leaders will help you and your child choose which variation of our Promise is right for you: so that everyone’s included and can say a set of words that means something to them. Squirrels, Beavers and Cubs have shorter versions of the Promise.

Information for parents

What to wear

Wearing a uniform is comfy and practical. It means no one feels uncomfortable or left out and helps everyone feel part of the group. Our uniform consists of a sweatshirt or shirt and a coloured scarf (also called a 'necker’) to represent your Group. There are lots of other optional accessories you can wear such as caps, hoodies, trousers or shorts.

Buying uniform & other costs

Uniform can be bought from any trusted retailer, online or in-person. Portsmouth has it's own Scout Shop at Hilsea. If you’re not sure where to start, leaders can give you more information about what, where and when to buy. Pre-loved uniform is sometimes available. Where appropriate, there are grants available to help fund a uniform, ask a leader for details.

Membership

Each group charges an annual membership fee to cover the costs of running Scouting. You will be told how much your group charges and how it can be paid. There are sometimes extra charges for special activities, camps and events. Scouts is a not-for-profit organisation. If you need support paying subs, please speak to your leaders in confidence.

Scouting for those with additional needs

Portsmouth Scouts is about actively involving everyone and we will make reasonable adjustments to make that possible. We pride ourselves on our inclusivity and do our best to make sure all our members can take part. There’s a lot of flexibility within the Scouts programme to meet individual needs, whether that be a disability, neurodiversity, or an educational, mental health or medical need.

What do I need to do? Contact your preferred Portsmouth group as soon as possible. A local leader will arrange a chat with you to find out more about your child and make sure we understand your child’s needs and how we can work with you to implement adjustments to make sure your child will get the most out of Scouts.

Interested in your child taking part in Scouting?

Share your contact details and a few bits of information about your preferred Group and we'll be in touch. Just so you know, we don't always have capacity for new members. It may not be possible to offer a place quickly OR with the Group you prefer.

One way we can offer more places is to have more volunteers. By giving just a couple of hours a week parents and other adults can transform children's lives - and allow us to offer more spaces in more places. We know that when parents understand what fun Scouts is and that we need their help to start new Groups or Sections, they are often keen and encouraged to get involved.

If you have a question or are interested to volunteer email info@portsmouthscouts.org.uk