UK Scouting membership has grown by 22 per cent in the last ten years – and there are now more than half a million Scouts.
The Scout Association said its membership has shot up from 450,455 to 550,457 members in the last decade, and in this time female membership has grown from 69,996 to 128,042.
The number of adults volunteering has increased by 14,596 in 10 years to a total of 104,28, but more than 40,000 young people want to join and are unable to because more adult volunteers are required to help, the association said.
The figures are based on findings from the Scout Association's latest census, which is carried out annually to identify trends and development areas in the movement. The association said it is launching a plan to recruit a further 58,000 young people, as well as 18,000 more adult volunteers by 2018.
Over the past 18 months, the movement said it has focused on delivering its youth work in more deprived parts of the UK, using funding supplied by central government via the Youth United Foundation.
This funding has enabled the recruitment of 1,553 more young members and 315 adult volunteers in areas such as Newham, Salford, Burnley and Merseyside.