Scout membership on the rise across Surrey

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New membership figures from the Scout Association show that 371 young people joined the Scouts across Surrey in 2015

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This was a 2.8% rise on 2014, taking the total number of youngsters in Surrey to 13,657.

Including volunteers, membership increased by 4.9%, taking the total number involved to just over 17,000 across the county.

There has also been a rise of young women and girls in the Scouts.

In Surrey, there are 3,520 females involved in the Scout Association, with female youth membership up 10.1%.

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.

“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.

Matt an Explorer Scout aged 15 from Surrey 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 across Surrey 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.”

This was the eleventh year in a row that scout membership grew on a national scale.

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