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Helping Scouts develop healthy lifestyles

Who they are

The Scouts are the UK’s largest mixed youth movement helping young people develop skills for life. Each week, over 460,000 young people aged 6-25 enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.

What they do

Young people in the Scouts take part in an exciting programme of activities from kayaking to coding. They develop character skills like resilience, initiative and tenacity; employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving; and practical skills like cooking and first aid.

How we’re helping 

Like the Scouts, we believe young people enjoy better physical and mental wellbeing when they live a healthy lifestyle. Our donation will fund the creation of age appropriate materials for Scout Leaders to use to run a fun and interactive evening meeting on healthy eating and lifestyles targeting young people aged 6-17 years old. The materials, which explore healthy eating, physical activity, sleep and mental health have been piloted by 150 local Scout groups, and by more than 2,700 young people.

These groups have been provided with micro-grants to support them to purchase any necessary equipment to take part, which will create a lasting impact within those groups. Furthermore, a quarter of groups receiving funding are from the most deprived communities in the UK. The feedback that these groups are providing is helping to shape the activities to make them fun, engaging and inclusive to young people across the whole movement.

Once finalised, the programme will be rolled out nationally, enabling up to 450,000 young people to take part in these healthy eating and lifestyle activities.