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IOM 3rd in the UK for Growth of Youth Membership

Posted on April 18th, 2016 by admin

From the Northwest Regional Commissioner

A massive well done and congratulations to all on the Isle of Mans for the terrific census growth this year.

Of course I’m delighted that two of the top ten growth Counties are from our Region and that the Isle of Man is number 3 in the UK. Growth doesn’t just happen organically – its the outcome of good programmes and well organised and supported sections – thanks is due to everyone who provides that.

Do pass on my congratulations to all – double digit growth next year?!

Best wishes,

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Well Done Leaders and Supporters

Posted on March 20th, 2016 by admin

thankyouA fantastic thank you to all our leaders, supporters, young people, parents and carers.

This year we have achieved a stunning 10.4% growth compared to a almost equally fantastic growth of 8.6% growth last year.  This represents a increase of 99 new members and our total membership now stands at 1047.

Growth is not just about numbers, its also about delivering opportunities to our young people and leaders through the development of exciting and worthwhile programmes. This last year has seen the issue of literally dozens of adventurous activity permits such as climbing and hill walking not to mention camp site skills, fire lighting and soon axe throwing and our charity continues to invest in the future with more training and equipment.

We are by far the largest co- educational youth organization on the Island and our range of activities is second to none and this is a core objective  if we wish to continue to grow.

Over the coming holiday I will look into the stats more fully and report back to you.

Once again thank you all for your amazing hard work and enjoy your Easter break.


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Scouting in The Isle of Man has over 10% growth in 2016

Posted on March 19th, 2016 by admin

Today Manx Scouting is announcing that its membership has grown by 10.4%. 2016 is the 5th  consecutive year of growth and the largest growth it has experienced in living memory. Membership rose from just under 950 in 2015 to 1,047 making it the largest number of young people and adults in Scouting in The Isle of Man this century.

“This is fantastic news,” said Island Commissioner Guy Thompson. “It is down to the hard work and dedication of our leaders.”

Again this year more girls  than boys have become Explorer Scouts (aged 14-18 years).  In fact more than 1 in 10 young members in all sections Scouting on the island (for girls and boys aged 6-25) are girls.

What is worrying is that the census also shows an increase in the number of young people on waiting lists due to the shortage of adults.

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, recently spoke about volunteering in Scouting. “One of my big missions is to encourage people who have the time, enthusiasm and ability, whatever it is, to put something back into their communities. It’s about a lot of people doing a little. I don’t want to hear any more about kids who can’t join because of a lack of leaders. We’ve got a brilliant, talented nation and I want some of that talent to be used to support young people.”

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Manx Scouts membership grows by over 8% in the last year

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by admin

Today Manx Scouting is announcing that its membership has grown by 8.6%. The largest growth it has experienced in living memory. Membership rose from 873 in 2014 to 948 in 2015. Membership is the largest it has been this century.

Emily Curphy from 1st Arbory learning knife skills at the Scouting skills training day

Emily Curphy from 1st Arbory learning knife skills at the Scouting skills training day

To accommodate this growing need the Scout community has opened two new Explorer Scouts in the last year alone.

Growth has been strong in the teenage age range with more girls joining this year than boys

Allana Wade (14) from the Rushen Explorers in Port Erin said “I really enjoy taking part in all the adventurous activities such as camping, bushcraft, climbing and hiking and I love the challenges that Explorers has to offer. Explorers means a lot to me and teaches me a skills that I wouldn’t normally learn in everyday life.”

Steve White, an Explorer Scout leader from Onchan said “I love volunteering with the Explorer Scouts. It keeps me young and active and I get just as much fun out of it as the Explorer Scouts”

This weekend, to accommodate the ever rising numbers of Scouts, Manx Scouting has put on a skills training day where leaders learn the basics of camp skills, climbing and experiencing the challenge of river waking. 20 new adults spent the day at the Island training camp called Mullin ny Carty. Niomi Phillips from Ballaugh said, “The river walk was the highlight of the day for me. I not only conquered my fears, but I now able to share it with the young people in my group.”

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