Scouting about for more girls

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Scouts have 100,000 reasons to celebrate. UK Scout membership has grown by an impressive 100,000 in the last 10 years due to a rise in female interest.

Bedfordshire has followed the trend which saw a 15% increase in girls last year, the biggest rise in female young people since 2008.

With adventure at its core, Scouting helps young people achieve their full potential as responsible members of the community.

Andy Goddon, District Commissioner for Leighton Linslade, said: “We had a 22% increase in teenage Scouts this year. Overall our female teenage membership has doubled in the last 10 years.”

Chief Scout Bear Grylls added: “Being a Scout empowers people. I am so excited to see Scout numbers continue to rise across the UK.

“People don’t want to miss out and Scouting brings them all together, empowers them and allows them to make a positive impact.”

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