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    Hundreds of Scouts paddle the River Wye

    Last weekend over 100 Scouts from all across wales took part in a 35 mile canoe cruise on the River Wye in Hereford. The annual event sees scouts from across Wales paddle the 35 Miles over 3 days, staying at a different campsite each night.

    Penyffordd Scout Aiden Mcquail, 13 said “I always enjoy the river Wye weekend, it’s a great time to get better at kayaking, and it’s always good to meet up with friends who you haven’t seen since the year before. The weather this year was really sunny so I didn’t mind getting wet”

    This year the Scouts were joined by a special guest, Chief Commissioner for Scouts in Wales, Gareth Watson who paddled, accompanied by Penyffordd Scouts, on the first day of the Cruise.

    Gareth said “It was great to get away from meetings and join in with our young members on the Wye Cruise. Being a little out of practice it was a relief to have the Scouts of Penyffordd to encourage me along, and rescue me when I capsized!  It was fantastic to see so many on the cruise and to see them all helping teaching each other along the river”

    Scouts get the chance to take part in many adventurous activities during their time as a member and kayaking is just one of them.

     

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    More adults volunteering with the Scouts in North East Wales

    Figures announced by the Scouts today show that more adults are coming forward to volunteer in Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. The organisation is now calling on people to step forward to take on support roles to make sure Scouting is enjoyed by more and more young people.

    Over the last 10 years there has been a 60% rise in the number of adults helping out the Scouts locally. In 2004 the number was 353, with 1,715 young people as members. This year there are 568 adults and 2,356 youngsters. Scouting also continues to grow across the UK where there have been nine years of sustained growth.

    All these extra adults need supporting however, especially when they’re new to their roles, and this is putting an increasing strain on those adult volunteers in support roles.

    Jim Butcher, 34 from Wrexham, holds several different support roles in Scouting. He is the group manager of the 1st Rhosnesni Scout Group, supporting a team of over 20 adults, he manages six different Explorer Scout Units, he sits on the District Executive Committee and advises on the running of the Scout Shop.

    Jim said, “I really enjoy the challenge of these roles, and get to see how my time directly helps more young people enjoy Scouting. However there are times when having more people in these crucial roles would help me out. Anyone with a bit of experience in administration, event planning or managing other people could easily help us. They don’t need to have been involved in Scouting before.”

    The increase in membership numbers locally reflects the latest census figures nationally which have just been published. This data provides evidence of sustained growth across the UK for the ninth consecutive year with a membership total of over 550,000.  This has cemented Scouting as the largest co-educational youth Movement in the country.

    The Scout Association, which seeks to transform the lives of young people by providing an inspiring programme of everyday adventure has confirmed its commitment to further increase the number of young members. It is launching a plan to recruit a further 58,000 more young people, as well as 18,000 more adult volunteers, by 2018.  Over 200 activities, including adventure glider flights, skiing, rock climbing and water zorbing, are offered by Scouting around the UK, so it’s no surprise that more and more young people are joining the Movement.

    Laura Bentley, a 17 year old Explorer Scout from Marchwiel said: “I go to Scouts to have fun, it’s as simple as that. The opportunities it has given me are amazing, whether it’s an expedition abroad, a local camp, or simply a weekly meeting with the group, I’m always learning new skills and have even had the chance to participate in activities such as scuba diving and windsurfing. The ‘get involved’ attitude of Scouting has given me a level of confidence which I didn’t have before. Also, being a Young Leader at a local group has given me a level of responsibility that I would not have experienced through school or college, and has given me the chance to help those younger than me discover new ideas and develop skills as they grow through Scouting.”

    Sam Wilde, a 15 year old Explorer Scout from Gresford said: “I’m a young leader because it’s a time when I can show what I’m made of and prove to my peers that I have something I’m good at, as they are at things like football and BMX. It helps me because it’s a place where I’ve overcome my problem with talking out and to large crowds and I’ve improved so many skills along the way and I have had my voice heard because I am seen as mature because of my role.”

    Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “I am super proud to see so many young people and adults learning new life skills, achieving personal rewards through Scouting.  I am excited to see Scout numbers continue to rise across the UK and the big reasons for this are that more and more young people are realising that Scouting can give them so much – whether it’s the opportunity to be involved with some incredible adventures, learn practical life, outdoor and teamwork skills, or helping to improve their local communities.  People don’t want to miss out and Scouting brings them all together, empowers them and allows them to make a positive impact.”

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    NOTES TO EDITORS

    • For further Information or interview requests please contact Moz on 07779 272340 – however please note that I’m away on a Scout canoeing expedition with 150 others down the River Wye this weekend (see what we mean about doing lots of roles!), so if you don’t get an answer, please contact Gordon Richardson, Area Commissioner, on 07970 140004.
    • Attached photo shows kids having fun at the Clwyd Scouts’ Bangoree event were hundreds of Scouts from across NE Wales camped together at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse – “Can you help the Scouts meet their targets?”

    ABOUT THE ANNUAL CENSUS

    • Each year The Scout Association conducts an annual census of its membership. This is carried out across the UK and allows the Movement to identify trends and patterns of growth and development both locally and across the UK.

    ABOUT SCOUTING

    • The Scout Association was founded on 1 August 1907.
    • Adventure is at the core of Scouting, and the Association passionately believes in helping their members fulfil their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves.
    • Over 200 activities are offered by Scouting around the UK, made possible by the efforts of over 100,000 volunteer adult leaders. This has helped make Scouting the largest co-educational youth Movement in the UK.
    • One of the challenges that the Scout Movement faces is finding more volunteers to plug the current gap.  At present there are over 40,000 young people on waiting lists as more and more young people want to experience the adventure of Scouting.
    • Studies have shown Scout Leaders contribute the equivalent of 37 million hours voluntary work every year which is the equivalent of £380 million pounds worth of unpaid youth work.
    • Worldwide Scouting has more than 30 million male and female Members and operates in nearly every country in the world.
    • In January 2012, HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge started to volunteer with the Scout Movement with her local Group in North Wales
    • 91% of Scout volunteers and 88% of youth members say that Scouting has helped them develop key skills for life (Source: nfpSynergy Brand Attributes Survey, May 2012 and PACE Members survey 2011)
    • In 2012 Scouting was voted the UK’s most inspirational and practical Charity. (Source: nfpSynergy Brand Attributes Survey, May 2012 and PACE Members survey 2011)
    • 44% of parents would would like their children to join Scouting (fast.MAP 2013)

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    Llangollen Cubs have day in great outdoors

    A group of Scouts from the Llangollen area have had a day that many kids dream of – climbing trees, getting messy and lighting fires.

    Over a hundred Cub Scouts, girls & boys aged between 8 and 10, travelled to Kibblestone International Campsite in Staffordshire.

    As well as trying adventurous activities like rock climbing, caving and obstacle courses, they got to have a go on a lathe, cooked on on open fire and even got to get up close and personal with barn owls and hawks.

    Cub Scout Leader Karen Knight said, “The Cubs visibly grew in confidence as the day went on, completing tasks they didn’t imagine they’d be able to do. The day was a huge success!”

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    Scouts’ Seven Wonders of Wales

    Wrexham Scouts celebrated St David’s Day in style last weekend with a Seven Wonders of Wales themed camp attended by over one hundred boys and girls.

    The weekend was held at a Scout campsite near Colwyn Bay and thirteen Scout troops and Explorer Scout units were represented.

    For the base on Gresford Bells Scouts had to complete a treasure hunt which led them to the local church where they then had to ring the bells and have a go at hand bells.

    Meanwhile the Pistyll Rhaedr base created it’s own waterfall of sorts when the youngsters had a go using the fire hose from a Green Goddess fire engine which is owned by one of the leaders.

    Natasha Vening, aged 13 from Rhosnesni Scouts, said: ‘I enjoyed the hiking base the best as we had to get to a destination, but we could plan our own route, practice map reading and we solved clues along the way.

    ‘I think that it is important to mark St David’s Day, as he is the patron saint of Wales and we are Welsh! He is a role model to us and we should honour his memory.’

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    On the Sunday the older Explorer Scouts were given a treat when they were taken white water rafting, representing Llangollen Bridge, at the National Whitewater centre at Tryweryn.

    Ben Ledsham, aged 14 from Bishop’s Own Explorer Scouts, said: ‘Rafting was a great experience. The shock of the cold water really wakes you up in the morning. I enjoyed every moment of it and recommend it to all who love a good laugh.’

    The Scouts welcome new members, both young people and adult volunteers. Call 0845 300 1818 or visit scouts.org.uk to find your nearest group.

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    Notes to editors

    – Please find attached two photos: one of Scout Ben Williams, aged 10, having a go on the fire engine hose, and the other of Explorer Scouts rafting.

    – For more information contact David Morris on 07779 272340