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BIG RISE IN CASTLE MORPETH SCOUTS

6 March 2014

There has been a very significant 13% rise in the number of young people in Scouting in the Castle Morpeth District in the pat year.  The increase runs across the Scout Groups  Morpeth, Ponteland, Stannington and Pegswood and is consistent in all age ranges from 6 to 25.  As if that wasn’t enough, teh 4th Morpeth Group which meets at Low Stanners increased by well over 30% in the past year and now has over 200 young people

Castle Morpeth Badge ColIn Ponteland, the 1st Ponteland Scout Group grew by 12% and now has 120 members.  Scouting in the village remains very strong and interest is high with yougn people now waiting for places.  The 6th Morpeth Group meeting at Morpeth Methodist Church remains popular.  The Stannington Ridley group is maintaining an strong local offering for Cubs and Scouts and Pegswood is offering a growing Beaver colony in the village.

There are now around 100 Explorer Scouts (14-18) across Morpeth and Ponteland and a growing section of Network Scouts for those aged 18-15.  Over 100 are engaged at various levels of the Duek of Edinburgh award.

Clive Rich, District Commissioner was delighted with the news of the rises:  “Through our local groups, the Scout Association is delivering Scouting to over 550 young people each week, and the increase endorses that Scouting is still relevant and we are obviously delivering the sort of activity that young people enjoy”.   Scouting aims to remain relevant to the society in which we live and to evolve to meet social change. He added: “I would liek to publicly thank all the leaders and supporters whose enthusiasm helps to keep this local Scouting Adventure vibrant and interesting”.

The Castle Morpeth District has been growing steadily for several years and numbers could actually increase even further, but is limited by the number of adult volunteers.  The 1st Ponteland Group needs to find a manger for its activities to allow it to expand more.  Clive Rich commented “there is still a perception that Scouting is for boys who go camping and hiking and you have to be Bear Grylls to take part as an adult, but in fact nothing could be further from reality – Scouting offers a wide range of activities which provide adventure in many ways – and almost 20% of our young members are girls.  We need leaders, but we need administrators, supporters, managers, IT and media skills and activity instructors too – and the time can be offered flexibly and posts shared with others.”

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