Scouting is continuing to grow in popularity in Solihull with more young people joining the Movement, according to The Scout Association’s latest annual membership figures. The figures reveal that the increase in young women and girls is especially strong, with 118 joining the Movement in Solihull in the 12 months up to January, thats a 30% increase. This complements a growth of 86 young men and boys.
The total number of girls and young women in Solihull Scouting now stands at 506. Including adult volunteers, there are now 144,000 females in The Scout Association altogether. This is the highest proportion since the Scout Movement first welcomed women and girls into all of its sections 25 years The Scout Association’s membership figures reveal that 173 young people joined the Scouts in
Solihull in 2015. This means that there are now 2,287 young people involved in Scouting across Solihull – up 8.1 % on 2014. Including adult volunteers, total membership today is up by 9.1 % and now stands at 2,826. Scouting continues to be the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK with eleven consecutive years of growth in its youth membership.
The impressive growth in young people joining Scouting means that there is a greater need for adult volunteers than ever before. Despite 32 more adults joining in the past year, there is still a huge need for more volunteers to cope with increased demand from young people.
Alice Bennett an Explorer Scout aged 18, from Shirley, Solihull, said:
“I love Scouting and I always enjoy the adventures that Scout volunteers have helped us plan. I’ve picked up some really helpful life skills along the way like team building, planning and how to communicate with people. Scouting has also helped me grow in confidence and I have enjoyed learning new skills alongside my male friends. I have been to camps and events in Japan and I have had great fun and learned loads of skills every time I do something Scouting. I’d definitely encourage young people of all ages and both genders to join.”
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.”
The record growth in young women and girls joining Scouting is a testament to the Scout Association’s commitment to fostering diversity and social integration within our local communities.