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Growing the Adventure: More than 750 Enjoy Scouts in Houghton-Le-Spring District

posted 21 Apr 2013, 14:15 by Stephen Harrison
Thanks to the enthusiasm of our 124 adult members, scouting has grown again in Houghton-Le-Spring with a further 74 young people joining the adventure. Overall that's a fantastic 13% rise on 2011.

The news comes as details of The Scout Association’s annual census are published today with total UK membership now standing at 536,787. The continued growth of scouting in Houghton-Le-Spring  - the twelfth consecutive year of expansion - has helped cement Scouting’s position as the largest co-educational youth Movement in the country.

A large part is of this growth is due to the district opening new provisions for young people aged 6 to 8 in the west of Washington and Hetton-Le-Hole to meet demand for scouting locally. The district has been able to do this as a result of new volunteers coming forward to take on leadership roles in scouting.

More and more of our adults are choosing to volunteer flexibly just like the Duchess of Cambridge, one of Scouting's highest profile volunteers. Flexible volunteering allows adult volunteers to give as much or as little time as they have available and to fit scouting around their busy lives. We hope the Duchess’ involvement in scouting will inspire other adults to get involved in Scouting and to help us to continue to grow the adventure.

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, thanked volunteers across the country:

"Like me I'm sure you fit your volunteering around a very busy lifestyle, but my mum used to say if you want something doing ask a busy person. I'd really like to say a massive thank you to you on behalf of all the young people who benefit from Scouting. It's basically because of what you do. Together you make the adventure possible."

“It’s great that so young people and adults are joining the Scouts, more than ever before, and I am sure this increase has had much to do with the Duchess of Cambridge becoming a Scout volunteer last year.

“The Duchess is an incredible role model for young women and she helps us show that Scouting’s not just for boys. She’s also such a generous volunteer and everyone is so excited to have her in the Scouting family. Many people have followed her lead and are getting involved and enjoying the adventure!”

The Duchess yesterday celebrated the achievement of over 400 Scouts and adult volunteers at Windsor Castle. The event recognises the outstanding achievements of both young people and adults in scouting. Our district commissioner, Jonathan Chicken received the Silver Acorn, an award for outstanding contribution as to Scouting as a volunteer. Chief Scout and international adventurer Bear Grylls also attended the event at Windsor castle.

You can find out more about becoming an adult volunteer on our volunteer page, whether you are interested in working with young people, could help with the management of one of our groups, or could help our fundraising efforts.