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Scouting is the UK's biggest co-educational youth movement offering young people aged 6 to 25 and adults the experience of a lifetime.

Nearly 90,000 adults do voluntary work as Leaders in the Scout Movement (89,669).

Approximately another 20,000 work informally in support roles.

Adults working in Scouting contribute in excess of 39 million hours of voluntary work each year to their local communities, it breaks down roughly as follows:

Sectional meetings 2 hours a week over 46 weeks: 92

A couple of weekend camps: 96

Planning and District meetings: 36

Training: 10

Day trips - 3 per year :  36

Admin at 2 hours per week: 90

Total average number of hours a year: 360

That’s an average of 45 working days for every volunteer (at 8 hours a day) and a total of over £0.4bn of value  - £403,920,000 (if paid at first step of level 3 Locally Qualified/ Unqualified Salaries NJC rates of £10.20 an hour).

The number of volunteers working for Scouting is bigger than the combined workforces of the BBC (24,000), the Royal Navy (36,000) and McDonalds (40,000) put together.

In a five-year period Scouting trains over 90,000 adults in basic life saving (CPR).

Scouting is the largest Membership organisation in the world working for peace.

There have been enough people involved in Scouting in the UK since 1907 (10 million) to fill the new Wembley stadium 111 times over.  That’s approximately 1/6 of the population of the UK England. It’s also more people than live in London today (approximate population 7 million).

During the Kosovo crisis Scouting responded very quickly. Within days it had open up hundreds of Scout HQ’s across the UK to help collect thousands of tons of clothing.

Each year 10,000 Scouts travel to every continent in the world to work on community projects.

Every year Jamboree on the Air (JoTA) and Jamboree on the Internet (JoTI) bring more than 500,000 young people together across the globe.

In the last 15 years UK Scouting has raised over £500,000 to support development projects and other charities around the world e.g. The Queens Jubilees fund, RNID, Sherpa 88, Water Aid, Unite.

More young people do adventurous activities as Scouts than with any other organisation.

No other organisation offers such a range of challenging or exciting activities as Scouting.

The youngest person to walk to the South Pole was a Scout (Andrew Cooney). 

Each year 20,000 Scouts take part in the fitness challenge badge (and achieve it!).

Each year Scouts undertaking the Queens Scout Award walk the equivalent distance of once round the world.

Each year Scouts spend over 2 million nights away from home doing adventurous activities.

Every person to walk on the moon was a Scout.

Most of the UK population is no more than 10 miles from a Scout meeting place – Adventure is accessible.

Every Year 50,000 Scouts travel to every continent to climb mountains, canoe down rivers, help developing countries build Schools and to have fun and adventure!

Each night of the week 100,000 people take part in a Scout activity. That's more than the Millennium Stadium can hold!

14/08/07. Since the start of our Centenary year, 10,283 people have registered their interest in Scouting through The Scout Association’s Join pages,

These 10,000 people have approached the national website, but countless more have been enquiring across the UK, as interest in Scouting is riding high. Local campaigns have been success in highlighting the benefits of Scouting to members of the public.

Figures from the Join page show that interest in Scouting doubled in the run up to the recent 21st World Scout Jamboree in Essex, with almost 600 people registered their interest during the first week alone. This is a huge increase on 2006 figures, when around 200 people a week enquired about joining the Association.

Since they started, Scouting’s Centenary celebrations have been attracting a high level of interest from the media. The World Scout Jamboree and Scouting’s Sunrise events achieved over 800 media hits from all around the world, including the front page of the Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times.

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