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Scouts connections

Discover just some of the famous faces who have been involved with Scouts

Some of the most inspirational people in the world have connections to Scouts.

And you can tell. They’re not afraid to think differently, speak up and make things happen. Think of Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, David Bowie and Victoria Pendleton. Different talents but all with an incredible spark for life. These are people who bring people with them and let their talents shine. And so many got their start in Scouts.

‘Scouts got me away from the desk, got me doing useful, fun and exciting things, thinking back it taught me more things than school ever did. Great fun, great adventures. Lots of outdoor activities which I love. Experience of leadership. Never could learn how to tie a knot though!’

Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur and former Scouts member

‘I remember my time as a Wolf Cub very well indeed. We learned a lot of useful things and had a great deal of fun.’

Sir David Attenborough, naturalist and former Wolf Cub

‘I’m like an overly eager Scout whenever I’m on a beach. Five to 10 minutes is my sunbathing limit. After that I’m like, ‘can we go for a walk?’

Victoria Pendleton, Olympic gold medallist and former Scouts member

‘The international Scout movement is a world leader in youth education, and has particular relevance to the needs of youth in Africa and the emerging democracies around the globe. The importance of a high moral code, which is at the foundation of the Scout movement, cannot be stressed too highly.’

Nelson Mandela, political leader and Patron of South Africa Scouts

‘For a century Scouts have served their nation and communities in ways both large and small. Some of our nation’s greatest heroes have worn the scout uniform. Today Scouts improve our neighbourhoods and reach out to those less fortunate and that service is worth celebrating.’

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America and former Scouts member in the United States

‘I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a Scout nature camp counsellor, and one of our projects was collecting snakes and creating an environment for them, so I'm quite familiar with snakes and think they're fantastic creatures.’

Harrison Ford, actor and former Scout nature camp counsellor in the United States

‘I was one of the first females in our Cub Scout Pack. It led to a love of the outdoors and really grew my confidence. The confidence that you gain through Scouting is something that you just can’t buy.’

Helen Glover, Olympic gold medallist, Scout Ambassador and former Cub Scout

‘I got to be Patrol Leader within six weeks – I just shot to the top [...] Once I had a bunch of guys together, it doesn’t matter if it was the Scouts or a band, I could see my way clear to pull all their various talents together.’

Keith Richards, Rolling Stones guitarist and former Patrol Leader

‘I strongly believe in Scouting. It’s a source of great strength to us.’

John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America and former Scouts member in the United States