Today Manx Scouting is announcing that its membership has grown by 10.4%. 2016 is the 5th consecutive year of growth and the largest growth it has experienced in living memory. Membership rose from just under 950 in 2015 to 1,047 making it the largest number of young people and adults in Scouting in The Isle of Man this century.
“This is fantastic news,” said Island Commissioner Guy Thompson. “It is down to the hard work and dedication of our leaders.”
Again this year more girls than boys have become Explorer Scouts (aged 14-18 years). In fact more than 1 in 10 young members in all sections Scouting on the island (for girls and boys aged 6-25) are girls.
What is worrying is that the census also shows an increase in the number of young people on waiting lists due to the shortage of adults.
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, recently spoke about volunteering in Scouting. “One of my big missions is to encourage people who have the time, enthusiasm and ability, whatever it is, to put something back into their communities. It’s about a lot of people doing a little. I don’t want to hear any more about kids who can’t join because of a lack of leaders. We’ve got a brilliant, talented nation and I want some of that talent to be used to support young people.”
Find out how you can join the adventure by visiting manxscouts.com/get-involved/.