Race Round the World with the Scouts

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I have three children in the Scouts; Isaac is a Scout, Eliza is a Cub and Sebby is in Beavers.

It is something that they really enjoy doing as they get to go on outdoor adventures, try new things, learn about the great outdoors and build their self-confidence.

This year has been very different for scout groups and they have been reliant on children joining in with zoom meetings during lockdown and my three were all disappointed to miss their annual camps.


Our own group had only just gone back to their scout meetings, albeit every other week to allow for bubbles and social distancing, before being thwarted by a second lockdown.

Bournemouth Cub Scouts Go Kart Race

I was shocked to learn that 500 of the UK’s Scout Groups are now facing severe financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19. While the majority of the UK’s Scout Groups are back up and running face-to-face or online, the future of over 500 Scout Groups is bleak.

Cub Camp

Social distancing regulations have prevented these Scout Groups from raising money through their typical fundraisers such as supermarket bag packs, firework displays, jumble sales and quiz nights. A recent survey conducted by Scouts has shown that if these groups don’t receive additional funding, they may be forced to close.

To help combat this shortfall in funds, Scouts across the UK have been challenged to travel at least 172,000 miles collectively in their local areas, in the Race Round the World Challenge and raise £300,000 in sponsorship and we joined in at the weekend with a walk around Arne Nature Reserve in Dorset.

Arne Nature Reserve

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls started the race, challenging everyone to travel as many miles as they can (or complete an equivalent activity) towards their team’s total distance and asking friends and family to sponsor them. Four Scout teams are racing to complete the 43,000 miles each and are captained by celebrity Scout Ambassadors Tim Peake, Ellie Simmonds (Team Beavers) Helen Glover and Steve Backshall (Team Cubs) Ed Stafford and Saray Khumalo (Team Scouts) and Dwayne Fields and Megan Hine (Team Explorers and Network+), who’ll be cheering everyone on all the way.

Arne Beach

The only problem we had was deciding which team to be on, so we decided that each child would complete miles for their own team and add sponsorship money to fundraising page set up by our scout group.


Eliza is rather pleased that Team Cubs is currently in the lead, although my three all logged 4 miles each from our walk at the weekend.

Throwing stones

I realise that we are very lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world, but you can take part in the Race Round The World challenge by completing the activities on the website, or by walking around your local area. Even the walk to school and back counts!!

Sebby Stick

Visit scouts.org.uk/raceroundtheworld to sign up to travel a mile or more towards #RaceRoundTheWorld and to find out more about the campaign.

Will you be joining in?

10 thoughts on “Race Round the World with the Scouts

  1. Jenny says:

    This is such a great campaign. My children are both in Scouts and it’s been so hard to keep their enthusiasm up for it this year.

  2. Kira says:

    Oh wow! I love how they have kept up with it all online even though the current situation isn’t the best


    The scouts challenge to help them raise funds sounds like a great idea. So many organisations are struggling now raising donations.

  4. I will be letting Jack know about this as I am sure he will want to join in – he is really missing Cubs at the moment!

  5. My Daughter was in cubs and scouts, she did brownies before that. I think they are great for teaching kids so many valuable lessons

  6. My son is in Beavers but unlike your scout group which has done so many amazing activities online ours has done just 1 or 2, so he has missed out a lot. The race around the world challenge sounds so interesting and wonderful to help raise funds

  7. We love Bear Grylls and it sounds like an epic challenge! Good luck and there’s something to be said about getting out in the fresh air, especially during lockdown! Great for the kids (and adults) x

  8. Sarah Bailey says:

    What an amazing challenge for scouts to be part of. I love how each person can take it on in there own way.
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  9. This race around the world challenge sounds so fun and exciting. My son used to go to beavers and he had so much fun there.
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  10. LaaLaa says:

    I think this is really good. It’s great to teach children from young about fundraising and doing activities.

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