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On your marks, get set, GO!

Join the Associations #RaceAroundTheWorld campaign, an epic, sponsored challenge to raise money for the Scout Groups hit hardest by COVID-19.

Whilst we all know that COVID-19 is the biggest crisis we've faced in a generation. Over 500 Scout Groups, many of them based in communities that were already made vulnerable before the virus hit – are struggling to make ends meet.

If they close their doors, thousands of young people will miss out on all the life-changing skills and experiences being a Scout can bring, precisely when they need us most.

That’s why we’re calling on all Scouts – and the people who care about them – to join us in a sponsored #RaceRoundTheWorld, to raise vital funds at this vital moment in our history.


From 29 October onwards, we’re asking everyone – including young people and their families, volunteers, and former Scouts – to sign up and join one of four teams. Click on one of the links below to join your team.

Team Beavers - Led by Ellie Simmonds and Tim Peake

Team Cubs - Led by Helen Glover and Steve Backshall

Team Scouts - Led by Ed Stafford and Saray Khumalo

Team Explorers + (Explorers, Network, Leaders, Adults etc.) - Led by Dwayne Fields and Megan Hine

The four teams are racing each other to see who can be the first to travel the 43,000 miles to get round the world. Everyone who takes part will be following our route at least once, though we’re encouraging everyone to take on as many miles as they can manage!

Our target is to raise over £300,000 for the 500+ Groups at risk of closing. Once you’re all signed up and raring to go, go, go, simply:

1. Travel a mile or more 2. Get sponsored 3. Log your miles (and help your team get all the way round the world!) 4. Tag us with #RaceRoundTheWorld on social media to show us how you’re doing (and help spread the word far and wide!)

The race is on until 11 December, so there’s time to really challenge yourself and get sponsored for as many miles as you can manage.

You can take part however you like and wherever you are. You don’t have to physically complete your miles – have a look at other fun activities you could try. More ways to take part >

However you travel, we’ve developed some great new resources to help bring the race to life – with plenty of safe, international-themed programme ideas that’ll help young people to learn about different cultures as they travel.

Because, whatever the weather, Scouts stick together. Even when we’re (two metres) apart. We’ll see you at the starting line...


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