Who we are

Sale and District Scouts are part of Greater Manchester West County in England

Sale & District are part of the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation.

Sale and District Scouts are part of Greater Manchester West County in England, We provide the great Scouting adventure to over 700 young people in our district, supported by well over 100 leaders and helpers.

There are 29 sections in total, spread over 7 Scout Groups, plus three Explorer Units, one Young Leader Unit and one Network Unit. We even have a Gang Show and a Band!

Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

We change lives by offering 4 – to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.

There are over 500,000 Scouts in the UK alone, almost 800 of them in Sale!

Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.

A Brief History of Sale District

Scouting began in Sale in May 1908 with the formation of the 1st Sale Scout Group. Over the next 17 years many other groups were formed, with Sale being a part of the Altrincham Association. Sale and District Boy Scouts Local Association was formed in November 1925, splitting Altrincham into two separate associations.

Scouting grew such that by the start of the World War II there were 14 Groups in Sale. The war had a large effect on Scouting, with many leaders being called up for service.

Scouting flourished again post war, with two scouts from Sale being on duty at Buckingham Palace during the coronation in 1953.

Sale District Badge

1963 saw the decision taken by the Executive Committee to produce a Gang Show. The first show took place in January 1964, and the Gang Show is still running today.
1967 saw our fist Silver Acorn awarded to George Russell, the District Commissioner.
1973 saw a big re-organisation, and Sale moved from East Cheshire County to Greater Manchester West County where it remains to this day.
1984 saw our first Silver Wolf awarded to Ted White, the District Commissioner.
2005 2nd Ashton, 5th Sale and Ashton, and 1st Brooklands groups merged to become Sale Central Scout group.
2021 saw 9th Sale sadly closed, due to St Anne’s Church terminating their HQ lease so they could sell the land.
2022 we welcomed our first Squirrels section at 14th Sale, which quickly filled up with eager 4 year old squirrel scouts.
Hive ESU started in September 2022, the first time in many years that we have had three Explorer Units

Sale continues to flourish and adapt to the needs of the young people in it’s sections.