ELLESMERE Port and Neston has seen a big rise in the number of people involved in Scouting.
A total of 575 participants are now involved in the movement compared to 508 last year, which is an increase of 13.2% and is the highest percentage growth in Cheshire.
There are 10,873 young people and adults who are active in Scouting across the county, a rise of just over 4% on 2009. The total UK membership has now reached 499,323.
Delighted district commissioner Sue Goddard said: “It’s marvellous that we have been able to show such growth and the hard work we have put into recruitment locally has definitely paid off.
“Young people find that they can get a lot out of Scouting, taking part in exciting activities and making new friends.
“We are now looking to add more adults to our team and will be targeting big companies for new recruits to help us offer even moreScouting activities.”
Chief Scout Bear Grylls added: “It’s fantastic to witness such a huge surge in Scouting – the biggest growth for 38 years – and it is proof that Scouting is appealing more and more to teenagers.
“Scouting is empowering, wild and fun, and offers so many adventure-based activities for young people and adults alike.
“My goal is for every young person that wants to be involved in Scouting to be able to be. So I hope to inspire even more adults to volunteer and help this happen.”
County commissioner Graham Phillips was particularly pleased with the rise in the number of adults getting involved.
He added: “The more adults we have, the more opportunities we are able to provide for young people.”