Scouting membership in Solihull continues to grow, with 546 new members in the past year.
– Teenage membership grows from 181 to 275 between 2012 and 2014
– Record numbers of girls continue to join Scouting across Solihull. A surge of more female Scouts have joined, an increase of 7.1% per cent on last year, who have signed up to the adventure based challenges of Scouting.
Nationally, Scout membership has grown by 100,000 to 550,000 in the last ten years, cementing its place as the largest coeducational community-based youth charity in the UK. During this period female membership has grown from 69,996 to 128,042.
Our growth continues to transform the lives of young people by providing an inspiring programme of everyday adventure and nationally we are committing to further increase the number of 58,000 more young people, as well as 18,000 more adult volunteers, by 2018.
Scouting for all, the national development plan is designed to ensure in 2018 Scouting will be enjoyed by 500,000 young people. They will come from every background, make their voices heard and bring positive change to their communities.
Wayne Bulpitt UK Chief Commissioner is in no doubt where the success for the growth of the Movement lies “Scouting offers young people and adults alike a chance of real adventure. Scouting changes young people’s lives and the communities in which they live for the better. We have a clear plan to make the Movement more diverse, more community-focused and more youth-led in the next four years. Ultimately this means we want to recruit another 18,000 adults by 2018 so that they can help offer life changing adventures to 58,000 more young people.”
Chief Scout Bear Grylls comments, “I am super proud to see so many young people and adults learning new life skills, achieving personal rewards through Scouting in the UK. I am excited to see Scout numbers continue to rise across the UK and the big reasons for this are that more and more young people are realising that Scouting can give them so much – whether it’s the opportunity to be involved with some incredible adventures, learn practical life, outdoor and teamwork skills, or helping to improve their local communities. People don’t want to miss out and Scouting brings them all together, empowers them and allows them to make a positive impact.”