Scouting at 3rd Washington
  • 3rd Washington Scout Group has two beaver colonies, two cub packs, two scout troops and an explorer unit. Beavers are young people (male and female) aged 6 to 8, cubs are aged 8 to 10.5, scouts 10.5 to 14 and explorers 14 to 18. Our total membership is over 270 and all of our young people enjoy fun, challenge and adventure as part of the group.
  • The group is inclusive. We ensure that we offer fundraising opportunities to support our inclusive policy meaning that no matter what the financial circumstances of a young person, they will not miss out on an opportunity.
  • 3rd Washington Scouts is led by over 50 volunteer adult leaders who are trained to a nationally recognised standard by the Scout Association.
  • The group is managed by an active group of trustees made up of leaders, parents of our young people and supporters from the local community.

Scouting Locally

  • 3rd Washington Scouts is one of seven scout groups in the Houghton-Le-Spring District which covers the Hetton, Houghton and Washington areas of the City of Sunderland. The district has over 800 members who all enjoy active and challenging programmes.
  • Houghton-Le-Spring is one of fourteen districts making up Durham Scout County. The County membership is made up of around 7000 Scouts enjoying scouting in over 100 Scout Groups across the County (stretching from Teesdale and Darlington in the South to Gateshead and Blaydon in the North.

Scouting Nationally
  • Scouting is a co-education organisation and around 40% of our local membership is now female.
  • Nationally Scouting offers challenge and adventure to 500,000 young people aged 6-25 in the UK. We believe in helping our Members fulfil their potential by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves. We're working to make Scouting available to all and we're passionate about what we do.     
  • All this is made possible by the efforts of 150,000 voluntary adult leaders and supporters. With award winning training and one-to-one support, we make sure that each one of our volunteers gets to make the best use of their skills and talents. It’s something different from the norm, and that why a lot of people like it. In fact, it’s what’s made us the largest co-educational youth movement in the country.
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