Skip to main content

Our impact and reports

Throughout the year, various reports are issued to measure Scouting's performance and impact on its members and the communities they serve.

The annual review and impact report are issued shortly after the Annual General Meeting.

Scouts is a movement, and to live up to the name, we have our strategy Skills for Life to set the direction of how we want our members to feel.

Annual reports

We believe that through adventure we challenge individuals so that they learn and experience new things and enrich their lives.

Each week over 400,000 young people and 100,000 adult volunteers take part in Scouting projects and activities at the heart of the UK's communities. It's our role to ensure that every one of our members has the facilities, needs and support to take part in these activities safely.

Our 2021 Annual General Meeting


To watch in full screen, double click the video



The Scout Experience Survey

Every year we complete the Scout Experience Survey to see the difference which Scouts makes to our young people, as well as giving us a valuable insight into our adult volunteers and their thoughts and experiences.  

2021 results (more volunteer data to be added soon)

Read the results of the 2021 survey (PDF)

Read the results of the 2021 survey (Powerpoint)

2020 results

Read the results of the 2020 survey (PDF)

Read the results of the 2020 survey (Powerpoint)

2019 results

Read the results of the 2019 survey (PDF)

Read the results of the 2019 survey (Powerpoint)

Download a version for Line Managers

Download a version for Exec Committees

View the data for regions

Gender pay gap

For the staff employed by The Scout Association we have a statutory requirement to report specific information on our pay levels based on gender. On data for 334 staff from our March 2019 payroll the following data has been compiled, verified and reported.

Read the full report

Difference in hourly rate

Women earn £1.06 for every £1 that men earn when comparing median hourly wages. Their median hourly wage is 6% higher than men’s.

When comparing mean hourly wages, women’s mean hourly wage is 0.8% lower than men’s.

Proportion of women in each pay quarter

In this organisation, women occupy 59.3% of the highest paid jobs and 56.3% of the lowest paid jobs.



Theory of Change

Our Theory of Change shows the positive difference Scouts make in society. We welcome young people and volunteers from all backgrounds, and with us, they learn and share skills, enjoy engaged and varied programme of activities, honour the Scout values and become active citizens of a connected community. We produce happier, more resilient citizens who work together towards greater social cohesion and an undeniably better world. Over the last two years, we’ve conducted research with 13–17 year olds through the Scout Experience Survey. Based on responses to a variety of questions about their daily lives, activities, interests, citizenship and wellbeing, the research compares the experience of young people aged 13–17 who are not Scouts with those of the same age group who are, in order to gauge the impact that our movement is making.

The results of this research show that Scouts are contributing more to their communities. It shows that compared with young people who aren’t part of our movement, Scouts are learning more skills, volunteering more often, and contributing to a kinder, more cohesive society.

The role of volunteers delivering an amazing programme is vital to the impact that Scouts is making.

See the chart of the interactive elements of our Theory of Change.