We believe in young people.

At Scouts, we give our youth members skills and experiences that equip them for life’s challenges and help them to make a positive impact on communities. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

Making a will is an important step to take when planning for the future. It makes it easier for family and friends to settle your affairs, and you know your loved ones will be looked after when you’re gone.

You can make a difference to a young person by leaving a gift to Scouting in your will.

Making a will ensures you are in complete control over the legacy you leave and gives you total confidence your finances will be directed according to your wishes.

Legacies can be left to charities (completely free from inheritance tax) as a final gift from you. Gifts in wills give Scouts the financial security to plan and fund future initiatives to support the young people who need us. 

How do I leave a gift to Scouting in my will?

Including The Scout Association in your will is easy to do. You can simply write the charity into your will, bequeathing us with your preferred legacy. If your will is already written, you amend it by adding a codicil to it. A codicil is a document that allows you to make minor changes to your will, such as making a gift to a charity.

There is no limit to how many codicils you add, but a codicil is only suitable for straightforward alterations. The codicil form needs to be signed and witnessed in the same way as your will. The form must then be kept in a safe place with your will.

Types of legacy you can leave

What does it mean?

Pecuniary legacy

You would leave The Scout Association a set amount of money, such as £10,000.

Specific legacy

You would bequeath a specific item in your possession.

Specific devise

To leave real estate in your will, specifying any/all properties you would like to leave to The Scout Association.

Residuary legacy

This legacy would be what is left of your finances after payment of any debts, funerary costs, testament expenses and prior legacies.   You can leave a certain percentage of your remaining finances, no matter how much is left in your estate, “such as 25% of the remainder of my estate”.

Reversionary legacy

By making a reversionary legacy you would pass your estate, or specific assets of your estate to named individuals who will benefit throughout their lifetime. Following their deaths, all or some, of the estate is passed to the beneficiaries as specified. For example, a property can be left to a spouse in their lifetime, and passed to The Scout Association following the spouse’s death.

If you would like to leave a life-changing legacy and make your mark on Scouting, please contact us and we will provide you with the necessary information

Call us on 0208 7433 7212 or email [email protected].