Young people who take part in Scouting are more likely to take an active role in their communities than those who do not, according to new, independent research commissioned by The Scout Association. Scouts are a third more likely than non-Scouts to help out in their local area, feel greater responsibility to their local community, and volunteer to help others.

The research also showed that Scouts are 18% more likely to be curious about the world around them, and 12% more likely to accept diversity in other people’s backgrounds and beliefs.

In light of the research, East Lancashire Scouts is calling on more young people and adults to volunteer in 2018, to enjoy the benefits that Scouting has to offer. Scouting also brings clear benefits to the wider community through fostering a culture of curiosity and acceptance of different backgrounds and beliefs.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “This research proves that Scouting helps young people to develop a sense of community spirit, curiosity about the world and tolerance of others, as well as a host of practical skills for life. But most importantly, it’s super fun! That’s why, with so many people looking for new hobbies for the year ahead, I’m urging young people and adults alike to consider signing up for the Scouts. We are especially in need of more adult volunteers so that we can accommodate the high numbers of young people that want to join the Scouts, but are unable to because there are not enough volunteers in their area.”

Unsurprisingly, Scouts are 32% more likely to be physically active than young people who do not take part in Scouting, and 13% more likely to demonstrate mental resilience.

Chris Taylor,a local volunteer manager said “Since I became a Scout I have been so much more involved in my local area. Volunteering as a Scout, helping out and getting to know people in the community. I have learnt so much and met people from so many different backgrounds, making some really great friends for life. I think every young person should think about getting involved as you get so many new skills and it is really good fun.”

The research showed that Scouting also helps young people to develop skills that are vital in the work place. Compared to their non-Scouting counterparts, Scouts are more likely to:

  • Demonstrate leadership skills (17%)
  • Be better problem solvers (11%)
  • Show emotional intelligence (19%)
  • Able to work well in teams (17%)

The research was undertaken by SocStats, an independent agency that specialises in measuring impact in social sector organisations. Data was collected from over 2,000 young people – both Scouts and non-Scouts.