Census 2018 | 12th year of growth

Census 2018 | 12th year of growth

08 May 2018

We’re really excited to announce that we have grown for the 12th year in a row!

This year’s census shows that our total membership in Scotland now stands at 51,371, including 39,425 youth members and 11,946 adult volunteers.  That means that in the last 12 months, almost 800 young people, and over 500 volunteers have joined Scouts in Scotland.

We’re really proud that so many new people are joining, particularly so many adults.  Scouting simply would not be possible without our amazing volunteers who support young people to develop skills for life.

Positive impact of volunteering

The strong volunteer growth coincides with new research conducted by The Scout Association, highlighting the overwhelmingly positive impact volunteering has on the lives and mental wellbeing of people who volunteer.

The research showed that the majority of volunteers reported having improved life satisfaction and self-esteem since beginning volunteer work, as well as having reduced feelings of loneliness and stress.

Nearly two thirds of volunteers also said that since beginning volunteering, they have developed useful work skills; with 59% saying they feel more confident and 54% feeling more motivated in their jobs.

The research also showed that some volunteers found it difficult to balance volunteering and work commitments, and that some aren’t comfortable asking their employer for more flexibility to support their volunteering.

Frances Strachan, a volunteer Leader from Dundee said:

“It gives me a great sense of personal achievement that my volunteering makes a difference to the young people I work with and our community – my experience also means I get a lot more out of both my work and social life.  The management skills I have learned as a Leader have really come in useful and I hope employers, employees and voluntary organisations can come together to create an environment where more working people can use their time to volunteer.”

Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner of Scouts Scotland said:

“It’s great to see young people and volunteers continue to recognise the benefits Scouting gives them. 12 years of continuous growth in Scotland is a huge achievement and it’s particularly exciting to celebrate this during the Scottish Year of Young People.

“Week in-week out Scouts are making a difference in their communities through charity work and community-based projects.  This can be anything from clearing the streets of snow earlier in the year, to hosting film screenings for those living with dementia – each action brings a positive benefit to the young person and their home.”

Thank you to everyone that has helped Scouting to grow and develop over the last year - you are making a massive difference to the lives of young people across Scotland.