Today Manx Scouting is announcing that its membership has grown by 8.6%. The largest growth it has experienced in living memory. Membership rose from 873 in 2014 to 948 in 2015. Membership is the largest it has been this century.
Emily Curphy from 1st Arbory learning knife skills at the Scouting skills training day
To accommodate this growing need the Scout community has opened two new Explorer Scouts in the last year alone.
Growth has been strong in the teenage age range with more girls joining this year than boys
Allana Wade (14) from the Rushen Explorers in Port Erin said “I really enjoy taking part in all the adventurous activities such as camping, bushcraft, climbing and hiking and I love the challenges that Explorers has to offer. Explorers means a lot to me and teaches me a skills that I wouldn’t normally learn in everyday life.”
Steve White, an Explorer Scout leader from Onchan said “I love volunteering with the Explorer Scouts. It keeps me young and active and I get just as much fun out of it as the Explorer Scouts”
This weekend, to accommodate the ever rising numbers of Scouts, Manx Scouting has put on a skills training day where leaders learn the basics of camp skills, climbing and experiencing the challenge of river waking. 20 new adults spent the day at the Island training camp called Mullin ny Carty. Niomi Phillips from Ballaugh said, “The river walk was the highlight of the day for me. I not only conquered my fears, but I now able to share it with the young people in my group.”
For more information about helping even more young people join Manx Scouting please contact Julie Leece at 264499 or visit manxscouts.com/get-involved.
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