Scouts Scotland membership at the highest number this century
Figures released today show that, after 10 years of consecutive growth, Scouts Scotland now has the highest membership numbers this century. The continuing popularity of the Scouting movement means there are now 2463 members in the Highlands and Islands region which is an increase of 120 (5.1%) members in the last year.
There is further reason for celebration in the Scouting movement as 50% of the new members in the Highlands and Islands region are female, as more girls and women seek out life changing adventure. The Cub Scouts (8–10 years) is the most popular Scouting section in Scotland among girls joining, which is a welcome boost as Cub Scouting celebrates 100 years of Adventure in 2016.
Scouts Scotland, Chief Commissioner, Graham Haddock said:
“I am absolutely delighted to see so many new people joining Scouts Scotland. We know that young people want to be Scouts because we give them the chance to try out more than 200 different activities from abseiling to zorbing. Our growth in the number of girls and women in particular shows that life changing adventure is attractive to everyone.”
“Unfortunately, as our numbers grow, so do our waiting lists. Currently, there are at least 201 young people on the local waiting list in the Highlands and Islands region to join our Movement. We rely on adult volunteers to deliver Scouting across Scotland, and while our adult numbers grew by 41 last year we still need more volunteers to help us meet the clear need for new Sections in the Highlands and Islands.”
Scouts Scotland held their annual #ScotShape event in May which saw over 100 young people come together at Edinburgh International Climbing Centre to shape the Scouts Scotland strategy for the future. One strand of that strategy includes a campaign called A Million Hands, launched last year, which aims to mobilise half a million Scouts to help inspire more youth volunteering and social action across the UK. Scouts Scotland will be working with some of the country’s biggest charities, including SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), Alzheimer’s Scotland, WaterAid, Guide Dogs, Scottish Waterways Trust, and Leonard Cheshire Disability, in order to deliver real community impact locally.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said:
“I am super proud to see so many young people and adults learning new life skills, and achieving personal rewards through Scouting in the UK.I am excited to see Scout numbers continue to rise across the UK, especially the numbers of girls.
What I’m most pleased about is that Scouts across the UK are putting their time in to helping their local communities. Through our A Million Hands campaign we are pledging one million hands to supporting four of the biggest social issues currently facing the UK and the wider world, but we can’t do it on our own. We want all young people to come and give Scouting a try and to get involved. This is how we can all play a vital role in shaping tomorrow’s world for the better.”