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Greater Manchester North Scout County

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Did you know that Scouting in Greater Manchester North has over 6000 members?

“Greater Manchester North Scouts Leading the Way to bring the Adventure of Scouting to more young people than ever before.”

The Scouts provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for young people aged 4-25.

There are six Scout Districts in Greater Manchester North covering Bolton, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Council areas.

At the last census in January 2019, Greater Manchester North had a membership of over 6,500 Members spread over 6 Scout Districts and 100+ Scout Groups.

What do we do in Greater Manchester North Scouts?

We believe all young people have the right to an adventure. This could be a Beaver Scout spending their first night away from home or an Explorer Scout going on their first international expedition, but adventure is at the heart of what we do.

From abseiling down a cliff to zorbing on a lake and lighting a fire to paddling on the beach – Scouting is all about everyday adventure. Our members participate in some of the most varied activities imaginable; all while having fun and learning how to get the most out of life.

Every section has different activities; meet at different times and in different places. There’s always something different, exciting and new going on. As part of a movement with over 30 million members worldwide the opportunities are almost endless.

We change lives by offering 6 to 25 year olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.

Scouting in Greater Manchester North County helps Young People and Adults reach their full potential. Scouting develops skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help Young People to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

Where do we operate?

In the Scout Districts of:

  • Bolton Moorland
  • Bolton South with Farnworth
  • Bury & Ramsbottom
  • Prestwich, Radcliffe & Whitefield
  • Pennine (Rochdale, Middleton & Heywood)
  • Oldham Borough

Sowhat do our volunteers do?

This 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, help support a District or the wider County, to being a Charity Trustee.

We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.

Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.

What is our commitment?

In Scouting, our adults have a responsibility to make sure that the Programme is fun and exciting. We must also make sure that it is safe. The Scout Association’s policies, rules, code of behaviour, advice on child protection and safety policy are there to ensure our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.

Who can be a Scout?

Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every background, gender and faith as well as those with none. There are also plenty of opportunities for adults to become involved as Leaders, Administrators, Supporters and Volunteer Managers.

How do I get in touch?

By filling out the enquiry form on our Contact Us page.

Our HQ - The hidden jewel

In Middleton, we have an excellent County headquarters. It has meeting rooms, a large kitchen, 11 bedrooms with sleeping for 36 and an outside enclosed secure area with a firepit, crate stacking and space for camping.

This is bookable by anyone in Scouting. The booking process and charges can be found in this document. Please go here to book rooms.