Record number of volunteers but waiting lists at an all time high
Scouts in East Lancashire have reported the highest number of adult volunteers on record in its latest annual membership figures, which were released today, as Tom Hamer (Double Paralympic Medallist) becomes a Scouting volunteer.
Scouting locally now has nearly 1000 volunteers, more than at any point in its history. With the nature of volunteering in the UK changing and more adults offering their time flexibly, more people are needed to run Scouting than ever before. This includes youth workers, as well as charity trustees and skills instructors. This year is the first time that The Scout Association has fully incorporated trustees into their total number of volunteers.
Despite such high numbers of volunteers, the waiting list for young people who want to join the Scouts across East Lancashire has sky-rocketed to 543, the highest figure in local Scouting’s history.
In total, there are now 2902 young people involved in Scouting in East Lancashire. Including adult volunteers, total membership today is up by 4.1% at 3827. Scouting continues to be the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK with twelve consecutive years of growth in its youth membership.
My Scout Leaders are heroes! Every week they provide me with new skills that help me develop as an individual and help me to create a better society. I’ve recently been working on a project to help people with mental health problems through our A Million Hands campaign. None of this would be possible without the amazing support of volunteers in Scouting.Joshua Macdonald
Our adult volunteers today seek much more flexible volunteering arrangements than in the past, so that they can fit it around their busy lives. Many adults who are signing up with the Scouts have a limited amount of time to donate to us, and so we need more volunteers as a whole in order to accommodate the continued demand for Scouting among young people.Chris Taylor
I joined the Scouts as a volunteer because I think it’s a good environment to give young people skills for life. I really wanted to inspire young people whilst having fun and I think it’s an exciting new challenge for me too!Tom Hamer
I’m super proud that we have so many adult volunteers are helping young people develop the skills they need to succeed in life. Our challenge is to keep recruiting even more adults as we’ve got 51,000 young people wanting to join and benefit from what Scouting offers. Volunteering changes us all for the better. Please join me.Bear Grylls