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Scout groups reach record numbers

Scouting is more popular than it has ever been in Mansfield and Ashfield, with more than 700 children joining in the last year.

Scout group leaders say the area has a record number of members and also has 8,659 young leaders.

Hannah Nolan, 15, a Mansfield explorer scout and young leader, said: “I love being in the scouts, it’s really cool and I even met Bear Grylls last year.

“We do loads of activities and getting involved in scouting is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

“I’m a young leader with three groups and I absolutely love it. I help to plan the activities, run games and lead sessions.”

Matt Rooney, head of the Nottinghamshire Scouts, said: “With over 700 people choosing to join scouting in the last 12 months we really are going from strength to strength and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve such an amazing increase without our amazing volunteers.

“We know scouting is popular and as long as adult volunteers keep coming forwards then we will continue to grow.”

He said there are currently 379 young people on waiting lists to join groups in the area and he is hoping this list will get smaller as more helpers are recruited.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “It is so great to see scout numbers rising in Nottinghamshire and a big reason for this is the number of teenagers joining the adventure.

“I am also excited to see so many young people in Nottinghamshire have committed their time to give back as young leaders.”


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