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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Women and girls now form a quarter of the Scouts’ membership

Young women and girls now make up a quarter of all Scouts - the highest proportion since they were first allowed to join a quarter of a century ago.

Figures show 144-thousand females, including volunteers, now hold memberships.

In Kingston, The total number of girls and young women in Scouting now stands at 404.

Including adult volunteers, there are now 559 females across the borough in The Scout Association.

The total number of girls and young women in Scouting now stands at 404. Including adult volunteers, there are now 559 females across Royal Kingston in The Scout Association altogether. This is the highest proportion since the Scout Movement first welcomed women and girls into all of its sections 25 years ago.

The Scout Association’s membership figures reveal that 41 new young people joined the Scouts in Merton in 2015. This means that there are now 1521 young people involved in Scouting across Kingston – up 2.8 % on 2014. Including adult volunteers, total membership today is up by 4.1 % and now stands at 1878. Scouting continues to be the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK with eleven consecutive years of growth in its youth membership.

Jo Davidson an Explorer Scout aged 16 from Kingston, said:

“I love Scouting and I always enjoy the adventures that Scout volunteers have helped us plan. I’ve picked up some really helpful life skills along the way like team building, planning and how to communicate with people. Scouting has also helped me grow in confidence and I have enjoyed learning new skills alongside my male friends. I have been to camps and events across the UK, been on lots of water sport activities and recently completed several achievement awards, I have had great fun and learned loads of skills every time I do something Scouting. I’d definitely encourage young people of all ages and both genders to join.”

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