Better Prepared

Reading is home to over 1,000 Scouts – a family of girls and boys from age six who enjoy life-changing adventure every week.


Scouting is all about preparing young people with skills for life, supported by our amazing leaders delivering an inspiring programme.

Get Involved

You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.

What we do

6-8 years

Make friends and try new indoor and outdoor activities

8-10½ years

Learn practical skills while having adventures with friends

10½-14 years

Build confidence, resilience and a sense of adventure

14-18 years

Take the lead, work together, and embrace new experiences

18-25 years

Hone employability skills and achieve top awards

Our District

Reading Central District offers scouting in Caversham, Emmer Green, Reading West, Whitley, Shinfield, East Reading, and Reading Central. We have 12 Scout Groups, 6 Explorer Scout Units, and 1 Scout Network.

Join a Scout Group or Unit

With the many Scout Groups and Units in Reading, you will probably find one less than a mile from your doorstep. Our Scout Groups offer programme for ages 6-18, while the Explorer Scouts and Scout Network Units cater to 14-25.

Get involved

The everyday adventure is possible thanks to our adult volunteers. They support Scouts in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee.

Latest news

Young people first: safeguarding and safety in Scouting

Our commitment to the safety of all our members

If you have any doubts please contact our Scout information centre: 0345 300 1818
Or for safeguarding concerns, contact our safeguarding team directly [email protected]