Scouting in the UK now has the largest number of volunteers than we’ve had in our entire history! The annual Census figures are out and show us that there’s an incredible amount of volunteers in Scouting, but that with a sky-high waiting list for young people, we still need more.
Here’s a snapshot of the top facts and figures:
Total membership today is 618,000 – up by 7.8% from last year’s total of 573,943!
We’re in our twelfth year of membership growth and Scouting continues to be the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK. There are now 457,000 young people involved in Scouting across the UK, which means 457,000 young people’s lives are being enriched with Scouting skills to help better prepare them for the future.
UK Scouting now has a staggering 154,000 volunteers – the largest numbers of volunteers in our entire history! This correlates with Scouting’s increasingly flexible approach to volunteering, allowing more adults to help out casually. While this number is certainly an impressive one, we’re still in need of as many more volunteers as we can get our hands on. Scouting is becoming increasingly popular and although we have more volunteers than ever before, there’s still a need for more. Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd says: ‘I’m calling on adults who want to make a difference to the lives of young people in their communities to give Scouting a go. We know that not having enough time is the main barrier to volunteering among adults, which is why we want to make it easier by offering flexibility in a range of roles from Scout group leaders to administrative and trustee positions.’
The waiting list for young people wanting to join has skyrocketed to 51,000 – the highest it’s ever been! On the one hand, it’s wonderful to see how many young people are keen to join in the fun and how popular the Movement is, but on the other hand, it means there are still a lot of young people currently missing out. Despite having the largest number of volunteers we’ve ever had, the number of young people waiting to join has continued to grow. If you’re reading this and not already a volunteer, why not become one and help ensure more young people benefit from the opportunities Scouting offers?
The Cub section is currently the most popular of all Scouting sections. There are 158,000 members of the Cub section and nearly 2,000 have joined in the last 12 months.
The Scout Association’s new partnership with Vodafone is going to help equip young people with the tools to stay safe online, and empower them to make the most of their digital skills. Take a look at our new Digital Manifesto here.
Happy birthday Cubs! Though we have been partying hard all year, today is the day to truly celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouts.
What’s on today
Cubs will be everywhere today! Don’t miss us on national breakfast TV and on Facebook Live with Reuters at 8.35am. We are in the Telegraph this morning, and then this afternoon on BBC Newsround. It’s a jam-packed day in the lead up to the big event tonight.
What’s on tonight
At 19.16, we’re asking all our members, both young people and adults, to renew their Promise. Make sure you share your Promise Party photos with the Movement by tagging them with #Cubs100 on social media, and sign up to Thunderclap to help broadcast our message worldwide. Using this Twibbon on your social media profile photo is a fun way to show your support.
Essex International Jamboree – the largest ever joint Scout and Guide camp in the UK – has become even larger! We are giving a Junior Jam opportunity for Cubs, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows.
Junior Jam has been created especially for our younger sections, who are warmly invited to enjoy a full day of Jamboree experiences with their friends and leaders. Just choose whether you would like to come along on either Sunday 31st July or Monday 1st August.
For just £20, all the young people will receive their own scarf and badge before joining in the EIJ Experience Trail. They will then enjoy a full day of exciting activities. These activities include climbing, abseiling, bouncy castles, low ropes, crystal maze, crafts and many more.
Please note: Junior Jam is for groups (Cubs, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows) with their leaders to do a structured day of activities, not the opportunity to go and meet up with groups that are at EIJ. No bookings for individuals will be taken. Your booking will only be secured on receipt of full payment and accompanied by your reference number which will be sent to you on receipt of initial booking form