Making sure everyone is included

Scouting is an inclusive, values based movement and membership is open to all those who share our fundamental values. We’re committed to removing any real or perceived barriers to participation so we can ensure that even more young people can enjoy the adventure of Scouting, and that Scouting will be as diverse as the communities in which we live.

Some people feel that Scouting is not for them due to their sexuality or gender identity and I think that it is really important to bust that myth.

Kerry, Explorer Scout, 17

Advisers Team

What support is available?

Our Scottish Development Advisers Team - covering LGBTI, gender, disability and additional needs, ethnic and faith communities, and areas of multiple deprivation - is happy to provide support to any Leader, or even just have a chat to discuss how a person with a specific need can play a full part in Scouting.

The team may also be able to provide training in your Group or District. Alternatively, we can run the Special Needs Module (number 36) in the Adult Training Scheme. Contact us at 

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We may also be able to help with:

Funding to provide additional support to a member.

Information about how to deal with a particular issue or additional need.

Support, training and help for Leaders.

An additional Leader or Helper.

Advice and funding on adaptations to / or specialist equipment.

Information on how members can take a full part in our awards programme for all sections.

Menu guidance for special diets.

Gender equality

Scouting has a rich history that has included both boys and girls, and men and women for many years but internally and externally there is still a great deal of work to do to shake the ‘Scouting for Boys’ image and ensure that our sections and committees have a good balance and fully mixed membership. Through flexible volunteering people can always think differently about how they take on a new role. Men and women can change the world and we want Scouting to be a great place for them to start.

For guidance on how to achieve a better gender balance in your group, contact our Development Adviser (Gender), Nicky Pollard.

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Support for LGBTI individuals

Young people have a lot to think about growing up. Exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity should be a positive experience for all young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people. However, it isn’t always easy to know how best to support a young person as they begin to think about who they are nor obvious how to make sure they have everything they need to develop and flourish. 


Through partnership working and profile raising we want all LGBTI young people and adults to have a positive experience in Scouting and reach their full potential.

If you would like to support a young person who is experiencing these issues, contact our Development Adviser (LGBTI), Ross Donald-Hewitt.

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Supporting additional needs

There is a range of resources available to help you include young people with particular needs in your Group. Whatever your requirement is (and no matter how trivial you may think it is) please do get in touch.

Advice and support

Reaching out to ethnic and faith communities

We want Scottish Scouting to reflect our multi-cultural society, so it’s vital that we open our doors to people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. We offer alternative versions of the Scouting Promise to serve all faiths, and none, and encourage our young people to learn about the rich tapestry of religions and cultures our world offers. We plan to do more work in the future to engage with different community groups.

Delivering Scouting in areas of multiple deprivation

We believe that a person’s financial circumstances shouldn’t be a barrier towards accessing the fantastic opportunities that Scouting offers young people. We’ve been working in areas of multiple deprivation to introduce new Scouting groups to those who have less.

Our Building for the Future booklet offers guidance on how to set up a Scout group.

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