Block A, Centre House
Thursday 19th April 2012
More teenagers are joining The Scout Association as the group's popularity continues to grow.
Membership now stands at 523,327, up from 508,919, 12 months ago. It is the seventh consecutive annual rise.
The largest increase was in the Explorer Scout section which caters for 14 to 18-year-olds. It rose by 6.8% taking the total number of Explorers to 38,801. Of those, more than 10,000 have signed up to the Young Leaders' Scheme which helps members develop leadership skills within Scouting. The skills can also be transferred to the work place.
Explorer Scout young leader Riona Kelly, 15, from Birkenhead, said: "Getting involved in Scouting is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Not only do I get the opportunity to take part in a number of adventures but I also get to put something back into my local community."
Fellow Explorer Scout Emily Au, from Finchley, north London, said: "I've become a young leader to help ensure that the experiences I've had can be passed on to the next generation of young people. I'm picking up all sorts of useful skills that will be useful for my CV in the future."
The Young Leaders' Scheme started in 2002 and has grown from 1,254 leaders in 2003 to 10,394 in 2012.
Chief scout Bear Grylls said: "More young people are realising that Scouting offers them so much, whether it's the opportunity to go on a big international adventure or the chance to learn and hone vital life skills."
Scouting caters for boys and girls aged from six upwards.
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