Wednesday 18th April 2012
More Scout leaders are needed to help the organisation cope with an increase in demand and bring down waiting lists.
Four Scout Districts in South East Hampshire have launched an adult volunteer recruitment campaign so more young people can join the movement.
Figures show that the number of young members involved in Scouting in Hampshire has increased by about 3% to 20,436 with an additional 604 members in the past year, but waiting lists remain at an all-time high.
Now Havant, Petersfield, Portsmouth and Waterlooville Scouts have teamed together to create 4D, with the hope of inspiring 50 new adult leaders.
Richard Merefield, Waterlooville Scouts commissioner, said: "Armed with banners, posters and leaflets, we'll be holding displays at supermarkets and public events across the four Scout districts. No matter how much or little time you can spare, there are plenty of opportunities for people to get involved."
Joy Banting, from 1st Hart Plan Scout Group, joined as an assistant Scout leader within the last year.
Joy said: "Scouting is a social life with a purpose. I've got qualifications, learnt new skills, explored the outdoors and helped out my local community. All this looks great on my CV too."
To find out more, email 4D@scouts-hants.org.uk or call 07842 436772.