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With 400,000 youth members and 100,000 adult Leaders Scouting is the largest mixed youth organisation in the UK. As such, it provides opportunities for adventure, team building, and citizenship for young people from every background. For some young people it is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Who do we employ?

As well as our volunteer leadership, we employ some 280 staff to maintain a high level of service to our Members. Depending on their role, staff are either field-based or located at one of our Headquarters sites.

You would be surprised at the range of careers available at The Scout Association - from estate management to finance, public relations to graphic design.

Committed to development

Bringing on board the necessary expertise and nurturing the talent we already have plays a central role in achieving our goals. We are an organisation that promotes learning and development. We are committed to the future of all our employees.

Whatever your level of experience, whatever your talents, we'll welcome your contribution to our organisation and reward it by helping you achieve your full potential.

You do not need to be a Member of the Movement to work at The Scout Association, but we expect you to be committed to our aim of improving the lives of young people.

Our centres

Woodhouse Park
Enclosed by picturesque woodland, Woodhouse Park Scout Activity Centre is easily accessible from the M4 and M5, yet is set in peaceful countryside. With stunning views over the Severn bridges, the centre is perfectly situated for exploring the Cotswolds, the Mendips and the Wye Valley as well as the historic cities of Bristol and Bath. Woodhouse Park offers the ideal location and facilities for an adventurous experience in the South West.

The Great Tower
Close to the shore of Lake Windermere in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Great Tower Scout Activity Centre is an ideal base for exploring this famous area. Set in 250 acres, the centre offers both sizeable woodland to explore as well as natural rocky crags for climbing.

Baden Powell House
Situated in the heart of South Kensington, a number of London's most famous attractions are within walking distance of Baden-Powell House. The Activity Centre attracts a mixture of visitors all year round including Scouts, Guides, youth organisations, schools, and charities as well as companies wishing to train staff in the vibrant and inspiring setting of the United Kingdom's largest city.

Hawkhirst
Hawkhirst extends over 70 acres of mainly coniferous forest. Located within 200 square miles of the Kielder Forest and surrounded on three sides by the vast expanse of Kielder Water, it's hard to imagine anywhere more ideally suited to its purpose of providing members of the Scout Association and other recognised youth or educational organisations with year-round opportunities for developing a wide range of outdoor interests.

Downe
Situated in the village of Downe, the home of Charles Darwin, the Centre is a beautiful wooded 86-acre estate, only 16 miles from the centre of London. At Downe, we have been offering safe activity experiences to young people from all walks of life for over 70 years. With an excellent range of facilities we welcome Scouts and Guides, school and study groups, youth organisations and charities for day visits or residential stays under canvas or in our purpose built indoor accommodation buildings.

Gilwell Park
The 'home of Scouting', Gilwell Park boasts a superb range of activities and accommodation facilities for all ages. The stunning 110-acre Activity Centre offers excellent camping, training and accommodation. Situated in north-east London on the edge of beautiful Epping Forest, it has the feel of a country estate with all the advantages of being located closeto the capital.

Yolbury
Situated in the heart of rural Oxfordshire, yet only a short drive from the historic city of Oxford, Youlbury Scout Activity Centre's 42 acres of secluded woodland offers activities, indoor accommodation and excellent camping facilities. Visitors are attracted to the centre year round include Scouts, Guides, youth organisations, schools, and charities as well as companies wishing to train staff in a relaxed and friendly setting.