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Article by Caroline Knight | 30th September 2019

Scouting about for inspiration

Youth groups give youngsters an outlet that can be amazing for their personal and social development.

And they’re not just for extroverts. Even, or perhaps especially, shy and nervous children can make huge steps forward in their abilities, in all sorts of areas.

The Scouts dropped its boys-only criteria some 12 years ago and it seems to be one of the most popular outlets for those young adventurous souls who like the idea of making new friends and maybe experiencing some outdoor fun.

So why are girls now joining this organisation at a rate which is six times faster than boys? Nearly 18,500 girls have joined the ranks of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts over the last two years. What’s more, there’s now a waiting list in many areas, which was unheard of a few years ago.

Scouts are now based in community centres and schools. Members are diverse and membership is inclusive. The Scout movement has come to where the children are, rather than the youngsters needing to seek them out.

Fees are kept very low, typically around £2 per week (generally no more than £100 per year).

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