About us

We're Scouts and everyone is welcome here. Every week, we help almost half a million people aged 4-25 develop skills for life. Are you ready to join the adventure?

About us

We’re Scouts and everyone is welcome here. Scouts is the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. Cheshire is one of the largest Scout Counties in the UK with a total membership of over 12,500+ and growing.

We prepare young people with skills for life

As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life.

We encourage young people to do more, learn more and be more. Each week, we help half a million young people aged 4-25 enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.

We’re talking about teamwork, leadership and resilience – skills that have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians. We help young people develop and improve key life skills.

We believe in bringing people together. We celebrate diversity and stand against intolerance, always. We’re part of a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures.

What Scouts 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. And research proves it really works. A 2018 report says Scouts are 17% more likely to show leadership skills and work well in teams. They’re a third more likely to support their communities too.

Volunteer today

Whether you can spare an hour a month or a day a year, we have hundreds of opportunities both behind the scenes and directly supporting young people. With full support and award winning training, you can volunteer on a flexible basis. Not only is it incredibly rewarding and great fun, you’ll learn some brilliant skills transferable to the workplace too. We welcome volunteers from every community and background. You don’t need to have been a Scout. You just need to believe in a more positive future and the difference we can make together.

Get involved

Search for your local Group to find out how to develop your skills, learn new ones and be part of the Scouting story.

Annual Report and Financial Statements

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2023-24


Patron – HM King Charles III

Founder – Robert Baden-Powell, OM, First Baron Baden-Powell of Gilwell

Chief Scout – Lt Col (Hon) Bear Grylls RM OBE

County Lead Volunteer – Dave Hopley

President – Lady Redmond MBE, His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire

Vice Presidents

  • Peter Ellis
  • Frank Hough
  • Eddie Johnson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Peter Mather TD
  • Margaret Olliver
  • Graham Phillips MBE DL
  • Ray Salisbury JP
  • Geoff Taylor BEM
  • Steve Wilkinson
  • Sir Nicholas Winterton

County Lead Volunteer’s (Commissioners) of Cheshire

  • 2021 –             Dave Hopley
  • 2009 – 2021  Graham Phillips MBE DL
  • 2002 – 2009  Eddie Johnson
  • 1999 – 2002  Geoff Taylor BEM
  • 1993 – 1999  Ray Salisbury JP
  • 1984 – 1993  Derek Olliver
  • 1974 – 1984  E Hugh Gorton

From 1917 – 1974 Cheshire Scout County Area was divided into East and West Cheshire.

East Cheshire 

West Cheshire

  • 1966 – 1974  James Webb
  • 1944 – 1966  George E Green
  • 1938 – 1944  A S MacNair
  • 1933 – 1938  Major R G Attwood
  • 1929 – 1933  Dr A V Stocks
  • 1924 – 1929  Herbert Bury
  • 1917 – 1924  C Heape JP FRGS
  • 1972 – 1974  R Lambert Humble
  • 1963 – 1972  George A J Begg
  • 1962 – 1963  T S Bigland
  • 1947 – 1962  Robert Taylor Bigland
  • 1931 – 1947  F O Paul
  • 1927 – 1931  William George Townsend-Currie
  • 1917 – 1927  Col. R. Thompson CB JP

From 1908 – 1917 Cheshire Scout County was administered as one Scout County Area. The first County Lead Volunteer (Commissioner) was Sir Edward Thomas Davenant Cotton-Jodrell KCB DL appointed by the Chief Scout Robert Baden-Powell in 1912, he served till 1917.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls