Big rise in local teens joining scouting groups

Local Scouts, Eastbourne and district SUS-140515-170227001
Local Scouts, Eastbourne and district SUS-140515-170227001

More young people are turning to scouting than ever before in the county, according tolatest figures.

While membership across the town rose by four per cent, the most significant trend was a massive 25 per cent rise in the number of teenagers joining the Scouts across East Sussex

Nationally Scouting is becoming more and more popular with young people with national membership rising every year for the past nine years to an all time high of more than 550,000.

Eastbourne now has 1,050 members.

The Scout Association attribute some of this to the appeal of Chief Scout Bear Grylls, who has attracted many teenagers to the opportunities that Scouting offers young people both in terms of learning how to survive but also in making the outdoors a more exciting place to be.

District Commissioner Ashley-Whymant Morris paid tribute to the adults who help make scouting possible in Eastbourne.

He said, “A scout leader recently said that 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 and I’ve also picked up loads of transferrable skills that I’m able to use in my job and wider life’.

In a recent interview on local radio, Wayne Bulpitt, National Commissioner for Scouting, said, “Scouting brings real change to young people’s lives. It’s a simple as that. On weekday nights and at weekends, young people gain confidence and acquire the life skills they need to succeed.”