The Scout Association

The Scout Association helps over 400,000 young people in the UK enjoy new adventures; to experience the outdoors; interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 


To find out more about The Scout Association including information on how to join visit the website.


The Heritage Collection

Amassed over 100 years the Collection contains a wealth of material.  It illustrates the story of Scouting from its earliest days as a concept developed from Lord Baden Powell’s bestseller ‘Scouting for Boys’.  The Collection documents the changes the movement has undergone and demonstrates the ways in which the Association has built on Lord Baden Powell’s original idea to stay as relevant and engaging for young people as it was back in 1908.  The Collection continues to grow through kind donations from people who would like mementoes of their Scouting adventures to be preserved.  To see some highlights from the collection visit our exhibition pages.


Using the Heritage Collection

The Heritage Team can support you in your use of the Heritage Collection.  We run an enquiries service to help you with your research.  Get in touch by emailing


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