Bootscout is a WordPress theme designed for Scout websites in the UK. It is free to use and open source. Bootscout is inline with the scout brand guidelines released in July 2018.

If you use this theme on your scout website please leave ‘Powered by Bootscout’ in the footer.


  • On brand styling as detailed in the UK scouts brand guidelines including correct colours and fonts.
  • Sidebar-widget-area and footer-widget-area. These areas will be present if widget is added to the areas. The sidebar can also be disabled in theme options.
  • Banner images are present on all pages and added by selecting a featured image when editing a page or post.
  • A contact page template can be used to link your contact page to the site’s footer. Only one page should have this template at any one time to benefit from the contact page link.
  • The site logo can be added and displayed in the navigation bar.
  • Colour selection for navbar and footer.
  • WordPress 5 support


Bootscout currently is on version 1.6.4 and uses the MIT license. New development can be found on its GitHub project page where you can also raise issues and make feature requests. This project is currently in beta and thus you should expect to find the odd issue.

Bootscout was created in June 2017 as a project by its creator and current developer Jack Furby. The project aims to create a freely available WordPress theme which is inline with the Scout brand guidelines. The design of the theme is clean and is designed to be used with minimal technical knowledge.

The team for Bootscout is currently just Jack although any additions or fixes are welcome through pull requests on GitHub.

Example sites