Record numbers join Horncastle, Woodhall and Bardney scouts

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A responder from LIVES helps scouts learn all about first aid
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Scouts in Horncastle, Woodhall Spa and Bardney have played their part in a record-breaking success

The Sleaford Scout District, which covers over 200 square miles of rural Lincolnshire, is celebrating after seeing its youth membership grow by over 10% in the last 12 months.

Membership across the 12 groups is nearly 1,000 - a record figure.

District officials say the growth is down to scouting providing fun, excitement and adventure - including visits to an RAF fire section, attending a World Jamboree in Japan or even handling a boa constrictor.

The district is keen for new adult volunteers to come forward so they can add even more members.

Ian Kingdom, District Commissioner, said: “Scouting is more popular than ever. However, our biggest failing is our success - we currently have over 40 young people on waiting lists - desperate to scout, but we don’t have space. One extra adult means eight more cubs could be part of our adventure.”

Adam Jacklin, Deputy District Commissioner, explained: “We are working to reduce waiting lists by opening new sections. Last year, we opened a group in Bardney, which is now providing everyday adventure to 37 young people. However, this is dependent on recruiting more adult volunteers.”