See quotes below from three online dictionaries:
scout out is
-to find out what an area is like or where something is, by searching:
e.g. We went ahead to scout out the lie of the land.
- Sometimes out/ up is used with scout to give the meaning of seek, search.
e.g. to scout up a date for Friday night.
-to find by seeking, searching, or looking (usually fol. by out or up): Scout out a good book for me to read.
in BRIT, also use scout round If you scout around or scout round for something, you go to different places looking for it. (=look around)
They scouted around for more fuel... V P for n
I scouted round in the bushes. V P