Scouts are today launching the #GoodForYou campaign designed to recruit over 1,200 volunteers in Kent to help young people to reconnect, supporting their wellbeing and building their skills for life.
Youth membership in Kent has fallen by 27.2% over the past year, falling from 17,245 last year to 12,560. Adult volunteer numbers in Kent are also down from 5759 in 2020 to 5043 for 2021. This drop in numbers follows a sustained period of growth, where total membership rose by nearly 6,600 between 2006 and 2020 across the county.
Scout groups across Kent are now looking to build back better and empower the Covid generation when they need most. To do this Scouts need more adults to step up and volunteer to lead young people. Scout volunteers will create opportunities for young people to recover from the impact of the pandemic by supporting their wellbeing and building the skills needed to succeed in life.
The past year has been so tough for so many. And it’s also shown just how important it is for us to work together to help those in need. Scouts plays a fundamental role in the lives of thousands of young people and our goal is to build back our membership by welcoming thousands of new volunteers across the movement. As an adult volunteer you can help us continue to make an incredible contribution towards helping young people learn new skills for life. You’ll gain some great new skills, new friends and be part of empowering young people to be prepared for their future.Bear Grylls, Chief Scout
Over the next six months the Scouts will be running a series of locally focused recruitment campaigns across the UK, including in Kent, designed to encourage those young people and adults who drifted away during the pandemic re-join and to create new Scout groups in areas of greatest need. The campaign will be designed to appeal to new adult volunteers and emphasis why volunteering is good for your health, happiness, skill development and family life.
Since the first lockdown, Scout volunteers have provided thousands of hours of Zoom sessions, supported young people with at-home challenges like the Great Indoors and Hike to the Moon. And when restrictions have allowed, have run socially distanced meet ups.
Young people have lost out on so much in the past year and our membership numbers show how many were unable to continue with Scouts due to lockdown. The good news is that they are coming back in large numbers, so we need more people to help us to ensure young people can meet their friends, have fun and learn valuable skills for life. That’s why today we’re calling on people to volunteer for Scouts. Volunteering is great for communities, good for young people and fulfilling for you.Kent Scouts County Youth Commissioner, Nirav Patel (24)
For more information about volunteering locally within Kent Scouts please contact our County Office via firstname.lastname@example.org or head to https://www.kentscouts.org.uk/join where there is a sign-up form and other contact details