Why are legacies important for Scouts?

A legacy is also known as a gift in a person’s Will. Legacies help Scouts to develop programmes for young people. But what does this really mean?

Legacies contribute to adult volunteers getting innovative and essential training to help them become role models, and young people get the tools, activities and programmes to develop their #SkillsForLife to help them flourish into adulthood.
Leaving a gift in your Will gives us more room for making the long-term plans and continuous development that’s part of our strategy. For example, the Early Years pilot project that brings Scouts to 4 and 5 year olds, or giving us the means to support areas of deprivation where new Scout groups are bringing valuable lessons to young people who need it most.
The scope and reach of support to young people is huge – this wouldn’t be possible without generous supporters leaving legacies to Scouts.

Thank you so much if you’ve already left a legacy in your Will.

Why is it good to make a Will?

Wills make it easier for family and friends to settle your affairs, and it provides great comfort to know your loved ones will be looked after when you’re not around. Wills also give you control over what happens to your assets and funds so if you’re passionate about a cause, you can use your Will to support the cause you care about most. Because life is full of uncertainties, it makes sense to create a Will as soon as possible, and simply amend and update it every now and then.

How do I leave a legacy?
We’ve put together six simple steps to help make the process easier. Expand each section to find out more.

Step 1: Valuations

It’s important to know how much your estate and assets are worth. Make sure you include property, investments and any debts. Estate agents can provide free valuations to get you started on your property. Contact your solicitor, bank, stockbrokers and anyone else that has access to your finances.

Step 2: Choose your beneficiaries

These are the people or charities you’d like to remember. Some people leave a percentage of their estate to the Scouts, known as a residuary gift. This ensures that loved ones are provided for first. Others assign specified amounts of money, land or assets to Scouts. This is known as a specific gift. Note: To leave a contribution to UK Scouts, please reference ‘The Scout Association’ in your Will. To support a local Scout Group, please make sure you state the full name of the Scout Group. Contributions to local Scout Groups don’t need to pass through The Scout Association.

Step 3: Appoint your Executors

Executors are the individuals responsible for making sure your wishes are fulfilled. They’re named in your Will. Your solicitor will have more information on this if you need assistance.

Step 4: Getting your Will drawn up

Visit your solicitor who will draw up your Will. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and so it’s really important to get reliable professional advice for the best options available to you when writing a Will.

Step 5: Keep your Will safe

Your solicitor will often look after your Will for you, but you may wish to retain a copy too. Make sure it’s kept in a secure, private location such as a locked safe, where someone can’t accidentally access it. Tell a relative, close friend or your solicitor where the original copy of your Will is stored.

Step 6: Complete your pledge form
Your Will should be kept private and you don’t need to disclose any of your intentions. However, some supporters complete a pledge form to give Scouts an idea of their legacies so we can thank you properly.  Download your pledge form

To return your pledge form, you can email a copy to [email protected] or send it to:

FAO: Fundraising
The Scout Association
Gilwell Park
E4 7QW