More Cumbria Scouters than ever – but waiting lists at an all time high.

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More Cumbria Scouters than ever – but waiting lists at an all time high.

12 April 2017

Scouts in Cumbria report record number of volunteers but waiting lists at all-time high

Over 4,400 people involved in Scouting in Cumbria, including over 1,000 adult volunteers

Waiting lists for young people at an all-time high of 281

Bear Grylls and Helen Glover call on more adults to sign up to Scouting


11 April 2017: Scouts in Cumbria have reported the highest number of adult volunteers on record in its latest annual membership figures, which were released today.

Cumbria Scouting now has 1,014 volunteer Leaders and Supporters, more than at any point in its history.  With the nature of volunteering in the UK changing and more adults offering their time flexibly, more people are needed to run Scouting than ever before.  This includes youth workers, as well as charity trustees and skills instructors.  This year is the first time that The Scout Association has fully incorporated trustees into their total number of volunteers.

Despite such high numbers of volunteers, the waiting list for young people who want to join the Scouts in Cumbria has sky-rocketed to 281, the highest figure in Scouting’s history.  In total, there are now 3,412 young people involved in Scouting in Cumbria.  Including adult volunteers, total membership today is 4,426, up by 32% in the last decade.  Scouting continues to be the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK with twelve consecutive years of growth in its youth membership.

Local media coverage of our story: North West Evening Mail, News and Star, and Lakeland Radio!


Eddie Ward, County Commissioner for Cumbria, said:

 “Our adult volunteers today seek much more flexible volunteering arrangements than in the past so that they can fit it around their busy lives.  Many adults who are signing up with the Scouts have a limited amount of time to donate to us, and so we need more volunteers as a whole to accommodate the continued demand for Scouting among young people.”

 “I am therefore calling on adults who want to make a difference to the lives of young people in their communities to give Scouting a go.  We know that not having enough time is the main barrier to volunteering among adults, which is why we want to make it easier by offering flexibility in a range of roles from Scout group leaders to administrative and trustee positions.”


Kieran Harrop, an Explorer Scout aged 14 from Duddon Dragons ESU, said:

“My Scout Leaders are awesome!  Every week they provide me with new skills that help me develop as an individual.  The camps and expeditions are amazing.  I’m hoping to take part in the 2019 International Jamboree in the USA.”


Chief Scout Bear Grylls said:

 “I’m super proud that we have so many adult volunteers are helping young people develop the skills they need to succeed in life.  Our challenge is to keep recruiting even more adults as nationally we’ve got 51,000 young people wanting to join and benefit from what Scouting offers.  Volunteering changes us all for the better.  Please join me.”


Last month five new celebrities signed up to be ambassadors for The Scout Association to promote the vital skills that its members develop through Scouting.  The celebrities are Paralympic and Olympic gold medallists Ellie Simmonds and Helen Glover along with Anita Rani, Steve Backshall and Megan Hine.


Scout Ambassador Helen Glover said:

 “Adult volunteers are the lifeblood of our movement. As a volunteer myself in my capacity as a Scout Ambassador, I recognise the vital importance of helping young people develop skills for life. I call on anyone with a little time and enthusiasm to help us. Whatever your skill, big or small, come and share it and help inspire the next generation.”