About us

About Us

Scouting is the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation, and Gateshead Scouts supports Scouting within the majority of Gateshead (i.e. within the boundary of the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, east of the River Derwent).

We support positive change in the lives of all young people aged 4 to 25 by providing our members with skills for life through the delivery of fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, and by the chance to help others so that they can make a positive impact in our communities.

Gateshead Scout is a scout district providing Explorer Scouting (aged 14 to 17) and Scout Network (aged 18 to 25) programmes, and supports nine Scout Groups who provide Beavers (aged 6/7), Cubs (aged 8 to 10½) and Scouts (aged 10½ to 13).

Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop 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.

Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.

As well as delivering programmes to our youth members, Gateshead Scouts also provide activities at Whickham Thorns Outdoor Adventure Centre (also open to the public), provide water activities at the boathouse on the River Derwent in Ebchester and run a Scouting shop (based at Whickham Thorns) where members can purchase uniform, badges etc.

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