Race around the world

Join Gloucestershire Scouts in raising money for some of the hardest hit groups, units and sections due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 is the biggest crisis we’ve faced in a generation

A number of Scout groups in Gloucestershire are among the 500 across the UK – 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, hundreds of young people in Gloucestershire 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.

How to take part in #RaceRoundTheWorld

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.

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!

Listen to this…

Listen to Ang Healy, one of our Amazing volunteers talk about it on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. (click the logo and listen from 2hrs 40mins)

What are we doing?

Our target is to raise over £300,000 for the 500+ Groups at risk of closing, 30+ of these are across Gloucestershire. 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 and @gscouts 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, The Scouts have 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…

I’m a volunteer in Scouting and want to know more about how my section, unit or group can get involved

  1. Sign your group / section / unit up to take part and in addition to supporting groups across the County you could keep upto 20% of the funds that you raise, provided everyone doing so remembers to put the group when you register.
  2. Check out the Programme resources for sessions and activities for all ages including Network & SASUs.
  3. Customise and share this letter with parents and families, so they can join the race too. 
You can find out how to fundraise here.

I’m a parent or someone else who supports Scouting and I want to know more

Please do find your nearest Scout group and encourage them to get involved.

Find our more at our Information for parents website.

If you want to donate, please click here, and THANK YOU!.