Scouts Kirkcaldy

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What we do.

Scouting encourages young people to be the best that they can be. We give young people the confidence to dream big and the determination and drive to achieve their goals. Now we want to do more.

Our strategy for 2018-2023 supports and empowers our volunteers to deliver an amazing programme. It is our plan to contribute to a better society. Above all, it’s a plan for young people who deserve the best skills, the best support and the best possible futures.

Scouting has been active in Kirkcaldy since 1908 and adventure has always been at the heart of everything we do. It is the single most important thing that sets Scouts apart. We believe that through the everyday adventure of Scouting, young people and adult volunteers regularly experience new challenges that enrich their lives and meet life long friends.

We offer hundreds of activities, as diverse as;

  • kayaking
  • abseiling
  • staged performance
  • paragliding
  • archery

There’s something for every young person, whatever their physical ability.

Our vision

By 2023 we will have prepared more young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders delivering an inspiring programme. 

We will be growing, more inclusive, shaped by young people and making a bigger impact in our communities. 

Our mission

Scouting actively engages and supports young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. 

Our values

We act with care, respect, integrity, cooperation, exploring our own and others beliefs.

Our programme

Every young person in Scouting enjoys a balanced range of activities, events and experiences, based around subject areas we call Programme Zones.

The zones vary depending on which of our sections the young person is in, but they cover a huge range of activities, from outdoor and physical pursuits to community involvement, creative expression and learning about the wider world.

Together we help Scouts get the most out of their Scouting experience by including elements from as many zones as possible within the activities on offer. And, the older they get, the more input young people themselves have in their own activity selection.

Activities are an integral part of Scouting. But as well as being challenging physically, our activities help young people set and achieve goals and grow in confidence.


Kirkcaldy District Scout Council is responsible for 11 Scout Groups within Kirkcaldy District, which includes Cardenden, Lochgelly, Kinghorn and Burntisland. Kirkcaldy District Scout Council is a Scottish charity (SC003204) and is operated by an Executive Committee, chaired by John Jenks. Our District is lead by our District Commissioner Richard Cook.

Child protection

Young people thrive in safe surroundings. We’re committed to ensuring that Scouting is both enjoyable and safe for everyone who takes part, along with providing parents with peace of mind.

Appointing those who work with young people

All volunteers who help to run our activities give their time freely to help young people enjoy Scouting. Leaders are interviewed locally and asked to provide references. Everyone working with young people in Scouting is asked to undertake a PVG check (protecting vulnerable groups), sometimes known as a Disclosure or police check..

Code of behaviour

We have a clear code of behaviour which is given to all adults working in Scouting, regardless of their role. This is also included in the training that leaders receive and offers advice about how young people should be treated. We expect everyone to follow it. If you volunteer to help out with an activity, you’ll be given one too, and if you would like to see a copy of the code of behaviour for adults, just ask any of your child’s leaders.


We expect all leaders to take courses in basic first aid and child protection. Special training is provided for those taking young people away on residential events like camps and sleepovers.

Outings and camps

All leaders taking young people on outings or camps will give you notice in writing, ask for your permission and provide you with a method of contacting the group while they are away. We will never ask to take individual young people away on their own or without another adult being present.

If you have any concerns, please contact the Group Scout Leader of the relevant Group or our District Commissioner.

Get involved

Want to get involved? Visit our Join page to find out more or our Groups page to find your nearest Scout Group.