THE number of people involved in Scouting in Cheshire is at its highest level for a decade.
Figures just released from the County Census show that 10,873 young people and adults are active in Scouting across the county, a rise of just over 4% from the 2009 census.
The figures have helped the UK Scout Movement achieve its biggest growth spurt since 1972 according to statistics for the last year.
This impressive surge in membership - the fifth consecutive year of expansion - has helped cement Scouting’s position as the largest co-educational youth movement in the country.
The total UK membership has now reached 499,323.
These figures were helped by a significant contribution from Chester and district which recorded an 8% increase in overall membership.
County commissioner Graham Phillips said he was particularly pleased with the rise in the number of adults getting involved in. The rise in adult participation in Cheshire was 5.9% representing an extra 118 people.
“It’s good that we are attracting and retaining adults to help deliver Scouting activities. The more adults we have, the more opportunities we are able to provide for young people. Overall these are very encouraging figures and show that the appeal of Scouting as a fun and adventurous activity continues to grow.”
Increases were reported across the board in Cheshire with higher figures in each of the sections, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, as well as the rise in the number of adults.
In total youth membership was up to 8,768, with 1,710 leaders and a further 395 adults in support roles.
Chester & District added 104 extra members, bringing its total complement up to 1,398.
“We’re extremely pleased with these figures, especially as they come on the back of us recording a 10% increase the previous year,” said district commissioner David Bull.
“If we can keep on adding more adult support that will help us offer even more places to young people in our district.
“We’re finding that Scouting has a lot to offer for both young people and their parents.
“Parents want their children to take part in activities that are challenging and encourage them to develop, and the youngsters like the friendship and excitement they get from our programme.”