For over 100 years, scouting has been making a real contribution to creating a better world by helping young people to develop their full potential as individuals and to play a constructive role in society. However, scouting can only continue to have a real impact on the lives of young people if it is able to continue to attract and retain them and the adults who support them.
Growth is important because:
- it is a visible sign of success
- it means that we are doing more and achieving our mission
- it generates a feel-good factor.
Growth is important because adults and young people join scouting primarily for the adventure, fun and friendship, and they leave if they don’t get it. If scouting is growing, it means that more young people and adults are joining than are leaving. Growth enables scouting to do more – to provide better scouting to more young people. More people enable more ambitious camps and more adventurous programmes, and additional revenue enables more investment in equipment and resources. Also, being part of a growing organisation creates a buzz – the feel-good factor. Everyone wants to be part of something successful and this attracts new members as well as making existing members feel good.
Check out the links at the top of the page to see resources which are available to support the growth of your section, unit or group.