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

Beaver Scouts is the youngest section of Scouting. Their activities are based around making things, outdoor activities, playing games, going out on visits, learning how to be safe and making new friends.

8-10½ years

Cubs is the second section of Scouting. Cubs activities focus on fun and adventure and gaining new experiences like going camping for the first time or trying out new activities like climbing.

10½-14 years

Scouts is the core section of the movement. Scout activities focus on challenge, adventure and gaining new skills. Scouts get the opportunity to do a huge range of exciting adventurous activities.

14-18 years

Explorers is the fourth section of Scouting. Activities focus on challenge and achievement. There are a range of ambitious awards available for Explorers as well as continuing the adventure from Scouts.

18-25 years

Scout Network is for 18 to 25 year olds looking for adventure. As a Scout Network Member you get to take part in all the usual great Scouting activities such as kayaking, climbing, camping… as well as work on projects helping to support your local community.

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, who 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]