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Bath Scouts Recognised For Record Adult Growth

3 October 2017

Bath Scouts has been awarded the coveted O’Neil Award this year, an award which recognises the Scout District with the highest level of adult growth in the County of Avon. In 2017, Bath recorded a growth of 99 adult volunteers, meaning c.260 adults are now members of Scouting in Bath.

It’s fantastic,” says Dan Spencer, one of the lead volunteer for Scouting in Bath, “we’ve been working really hard on recruitment because we know there are young people out there who want to join Scouting but can’t because of a lack of volunteers. I’m really proud of our growth and of being recognised for it.”

In the UK, over 50,000 young people are on waiting lists because of a national shortage of adult volunteers. Recruiting adults has therefore become a priority for The Scout Association.

“We know we’ve got a good thing,” says Ashley Russell, manager of a Scout Group in Oldfield Park and Trustee of The Scout Association, “so we want to open it to as many people as possible. Scouting is not only fun, but develops the skills in young people that sets them in good stead for life.

He adds, “with all the resources and training available to volunteers, it’s not hard to run an exciting and fulfilling Scouting programme. Volunteers don’t need to be experts, they just need to have a bit of passion and common sense.”

Adults in Scouting can take part in a number of different training opportunities, from learning practical skills such as fire lighting and first aid, to learning about coaching and mentoring. Volunteers for The Scout Association therefore also benefit from gaining new skills or developing existing ones whilst passing these onto the young people they lead.

Ashley finishes by saying “it’s great fun too. I can’t think of a better feeling than when you help a Beaver climb to the top of a climbing wall, or build their own robot out of recycled bottles and cardboard boxes.”

With young people still on waiting lists around the city, Bath Scouts is still looking for adults to join its volunteer community. To find out more about the opportunities available, take a look at our opportunities brochure here, and get in touch with us here.