More South Yorkshire youngsters are signing up to have fun and adventures with the Scouting movement.
Be Prepared - there has been a 10 per cent increase in recruits to Scouting in South Yorkshire.
Some 8,581 girls, boys and adults are now members of the Scouting movement in the region.
Scout leaders say popularity is soaring because the groups provide an attractive, adventure-based programme which changes lives and local communities for the better.
Barnsley Explorer Scout Eleanor Whitehead, aged 14, said: “Getting involved in Scouting is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
“I get the opportunity to take part in so many different adventures and I get involved in helping my local community by helping at our local gala and recently we took part in a litter pick on our local section of the Trans Pennine Trail.”
Over the past year the number of adults volunteering has also increased by 40 to a total of 1,305.
Nicholas Hall, a Sheffield group Scout leader, said: “Being a Scout Leader is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done.
“It’s something I can do on a flexible basis when I have enough time to spare.
“It’s great helping young people in my local area get the most out of life and watching them develop week-in, week-out. I’ve also picked up loads of transferable skills that I’m able to use in my job and wider life.”
Across the country, the Scout Association has vowed to recruit 58,000 more young people, as well as 18,000 more adult volunteers, by 2018.
Scouting offers youngsters the chance to try out more than 200 activities across the UK including adventure glider flights, skiing, rock climbing and zorbing.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “I am super proud to see so many young people and adults learning new life skills, achieving personal rewards through Scouting in South Yorkshire.
“I am excited to see Scout numbers continue to rise and the big reasons for this are that more and more young people are realising that Scouting can give them so much.”
Beavers and Cubs invested at St Peter’s
The St Peter’s Ellesmere Scout Group, based on Grimesthorpe Road, Pitsmoor, has officially invested the first Beavers and Cubs into the group in eight years.
The 76th Sheffield group held a celebration which was well attended by the Sheffield Don Scout District Team, parents and Scout group leaders.
Beaver Scout leader Will Hopkins said: “Beavers and Cubs are perfect for my kids – they get to meet friends, play loads of different games, learn about the world around them and get outside. So I decided to join up as a leader, so I can make a difference in my kids’ community.”
n Call Will on 07955 546 989 for more information about the group.
Huge demand sparks new group creation
A new Scouting group has opened in Stradbroke following a huge demand from young people in the area.
The group, which is called the 219th Sheffield Stradbroke Scout Group, features a Beaver and Cub section.
Pete Hobson, District Commissioner of the Norfolk District of Sheffield Scouts, said: “We hope to get the Scout section up and running shortly but it all hinges on getting adults to volunteer to lead the sections.”
The group meets on Wednesdays at Stradbroke Primary School, Richmond Road from 3.15pm to 5pm.
* For more information or to get involved, call Andrew Reynolds on 0114 265 9146.
728 - Number of new members who have joined Scouting in South Yorkshire over the last year
354 - Number of teenagers who have signed up to the Scouting movement in South Yorkshire in the last 12 months
225 - Number of girls who have got involved in Scouting in South Yorkshire between 2013 and 2014
8,581 - Total number of people who are involved in the Scouting movement in South Yorkshire at the moment