Scouts Scotland welcomes all young people and adults regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.
Our Equal Opportunities Policy has covered LGBT rights for more than 20 years, and we do lots more to actively reach the LGBTI community. We welcome LGBTI members at all levels of our organisation, appoint volunteers specialising in diversity, including an LGBTI adviser, and have attended Scottish Pride festivals, since 2012.
Scouting is a place for people to be themselves. 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
What can I do in Scouts?
Whatever your age, you’ll find lots of opportunities to have fun and adventure and learn skills for life as part of one of the UK’s largest mixed youth organisations.
You can join Scouts as a youth member right up until your 25th birthday. Our youth members enjoy access to amazing opportunities they just don’t get anywhere else. How would you like to organise an international expedition with your friends or attend a camp with like-minded people from all over the world? Maybe you’d like to get involved with theatre performing or production. Or, perhaps, you are looking to achieve awards, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, that will help make your CV or university application stand out from the crowd. It’s all possible through Scouting.
Make a difference
You can also volunteer for Scouts at any age. If you would love to have the opportunity to make a difference to young people’s lives, volunteering as a leader can be fun and rewarding. We also need people to support Scouting in other roles, from raising awareness as a communications volunteer to shaping our strategic direction as a trustee on our Board.