This year we have seen Beavers grow by 4%, Cubs by 9.4% and Scouts by 5.8%, whilst Explorer Scouts have continued their general upward trend over the last 15 years. It is particularly pleasing to see Beavers and Cubs growing in their 30th and Centenary years respectively.

We’re also really encouraged to see the changes we have made to Scout Network are having a positive impact with more Network members registered than ever before!

Whilst in total, the County has grown by 10.5%, we are absolutely delighted that the total number of young people has increased by 6.8% this year – we haven’t seen this rate of growth in the County for the last 15 years!

Alice Tiler an Explorer Scout aged 17 from Rossendale, 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 across the UK and in Japan 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.”

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 Lancashire, especially the numbers of girls.

What I’m most pleased about is that Scouts across the UK are putting their time in to helping their local communities. Through our A Million Hands campaign we are pledging one million hands to supporting four of the biggest social issues currently facing the UK and the wider world, but we can’t do it on our own. We want all young people to come and give Scouting a try and to get involved. This is how we can all play a vital role in shaping tomorrow’s world for the better.”

The record growth in young women and girls joining Scouting is a testament to our commitment to fostering diversity and social integration within our local communities.