Membership numbers on the rise


Census results report a sixth successive year of growth.

The popularity of Scouting continues to increase as our latest annual Census reveals an overall growth.

Just under 10,000 more people are now enjoying the everyday adventure and total membership has swelled every year since 2005.

A mixed bag

It’s not all good news though. While half of all Districts grew, the others found the going much tougher and with only Wales reporting a steady rise in adult recruits, waiting lists have also increased.

Some 35,000 young people are now unable to join due to a lack of adult volunteers and waiting lists in the Cub and Scout sections have grown faster than the sections themselves.

Provide opportunity

UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt said:

‘Well done to all of you that have increased your membership or taken steps to enable further growth. Our sixth successive year of overall expansion continues the most amazing of transformations.

Growing the Movement still remains our top priority – it’s about giving the opportunity to even more young people.’

Volunteer contribution

Scout Association Chief Executive Derek Twine recognised the vital role played by our adults:

‘These results are only possible thanks to the fantastic work done week-in, week-out by volunteers to deliver Scouting in their communities. They deserve enormous credit for that.’

With a strong increase in adventure-seekers since 2005, Scouting is the largest co-educational youth Movement in the UK with a combined adult/young person membership of over half a million people.

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