County’s scouts help UK number pass 525,000

NORTHUMBERLAND Scout County has helped take the UK’s scouting numbers to its highest this century after recruiting 174 new members.

Scouting in Northumberland has grown three per cent in the last 12 months, helping take the total UK membership to 525,327, the Scout Association’s annual census has shown.

Total numbers in Northumberland Scout County now stand at 5,913.

A large part if this growth is due to the number of teenagers across the county joining, with 30 explorer scouts, aged 13 to 14, signing up in the past year.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “It is so great to see scout numbers rising in Northumberland Scout County and a big reason for this is the number of teenagers joining the adventure.

“More and more young people are realising that scouting offers them so much, whether its the opportunity to go on a big international adventure or the chance to learn and hone vital life skills.”