As membership grows in Clyde, what’s the plan to keep growing?

2nd May 2014

Scouting membership in Clyde continues to grow, with 454 new members in the past year.

·  The number of adults volunteering to change young people’s lives grows by 14%  in the past 5 years to a total of 1,325

·  Teenage membership grows from 494 to 719 between 2010 and 2014

·  Female membership grows from 959 to 1363 between 2010 and 2014

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.”

Scouting has committed to Vision 2018, a set of statements that focus our work and help us better understand the impact we are having in our communities and further afield. If you would like to know more about how Scouting plans on becoming more inclusive, bigger and more accessible, please visit http://www.scouts2018.org/

Author: Gavin Holt

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