A new research study has revealed, or rather – confirmed, that Scouting develops strong community engagement in young people, fostering a culture of curiosity and acceptance.
Commissioned by The Scout Association, the study gathered data from over 2,000 young people, both Scouts and non-Scouts, and was independently conducted by SocStats, an agency that specialises in measuring impact in social sector organisations.
The findings are an inspiring reminder of why we do what we do. As it turns out, Scouting really can change the world. By creating a culture of curiosity and acceptance in young people, Scouting strengthens communities and contributes to greater social cohesion.
Here are a few highlights from the report.
Community impact and inclusion
Compared to young people not in Scouting:
Physical and mental wellbeing
Skills for life
The research highlighted how Scouting develops skills that are vital in the workplace. Compared to their non-Scouting counterparts, Scouts are:
What do our young people have to say
These numbers give additional weight to the positive feedback we hear from young people every day. 13-year-old Charlotte Miles said: ‘since I became a Scout I have been so much more involved in my local area.
‘Volunteering as a Scout, helping out and getting to know people in the community. I have learnt so much and met people from so many different backgrounds, making some really great friends.
‘I think every young person should think about getting involved as you get so many new skills and it is really good fun.’
Chief Scout Bear Grylls calls for more people to get involved
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: ‘this research proves that Scouting helps young people to develop a sense of community spirit, curiosity about the world and tolerance of others, as well as a host of practical skills for life.
‘But most importantly, it’s super fun! That’s why, with so many people looking for new hobbies for the year ahead, I’m urging young people and adults alike to consider signing up for the Scouts.
‘We are especially in need of more adult volunteers so that we can accommodate the high numbers of young people that want to join the Scouts, but are unable to because there are not enough volunteers in their area.’