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WOW – Another year of significant growth in Cheshire

Date: 25th Apr 2018 Author: Dave Hopley

WOW – Another year of significant growth in Cheshire

5% Growth – County Total Membership
4% Growth – Youth Membership
10% Growth – female membership, with 20% of youth membership female
5% Growth – GSL’s

Scouting across the UK has recorded its 13th consecutive year of growth with 10,699 new youth members and 9,371 adult volunteers joining in 2018, growing the Movement to 638,827 members in the UK.

Cheshire Scouts have experienced growth with 440 new youth members and 326 adult volunteers joining in the last 12 months. There are now 10,514 young people enjoying Scouting in Cheshire supported by 3,684 adults

There are 14,198 people now involved in Scouting in Cheshire. Our 14th year of consecutive growth.


Largest by number (Overall Membership)

District Membership Numbers
SW Cheshire 2111
Chester 1969
Macc & Cong 1877
Mersey Weaver 1535
Warr East 1442
Mid Cheshire 1429
Warr West 1371
Alderley 1015
EP&N 835
Knutsford 522

Largest growth by members (Overall Membership)

District Membership Numbers Growth
Chester 1969 176
SW Cheshire 2111 167
Mid Cheshire 1429 90
Warr East 1442 86
Macc & Cong 1827 48
Warr West 1371 44
Knutsford 522 35
EP&N 835 21
Alderley 1015 19
Mersey Weaver 1535 -28

Largest by % growth (Overall Membership)

District Membership Numbers Growth (Percentage)
Chester 1969 9.6%
SW Cheshire 2111 8.6%
Knutsford 522 7.2%
Mid Cheshire 1429 6.7%
Warr East 1442 6.3%
Warr West 1371 3.3%
Macc & Cong 1827 2.7%
EP&N 835 2.6%
Alderley 1015 1.9%
Mersey Weaver 1535 -1.8%

County Results by Section

Section Membership Numbers Percentage
Beavers +49 +1.7%
Cubs -7 -0.2%
Scouts +62 +2.4%
Explorers -22 -2.4%
Network +16 +2.8%

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, said:

“I am so proud that The Scout Association UK continues to see so many young people and adult volunteers signing up to not only have fun, experience adventures but also learn skills for life. And that applies to both the young people and volunteers!”

Scouts Inter County Shooting Competition 2018

The Cheshire team again managed to win the Scouts Inter County Shooting Competition 2018 and also had the best 2 shooters and the best rifle team. 3rd place was also achieved in the pistol competition.

Queen’s Scout Awards 2018

Cheshire Scouts had a record 19 Queen’s Scout Award recipients at the St. George’s Day Parade at Windsor Castle this year. The largest contingent in attendance at the event for 300 Queen’s Scouts this year.

Princess Beatrice of York, representing the Queen, and UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls led the ceremony, and were joined by Ahmed Alhendawi, the Secretary General of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. President Barack Obama recorded a special video message for this year’s ceremony.

Kolodo (Scout Websites) appointed to redesign and rebuild our website

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve chosen Kolodo to overhaul our website! They’ll be designing and building a new website which will feature the latest information, news and events, as well as encouraging people to join and volunteer throughout the County. In addition to this, it’ll also include a number of bespoke features including:

  • Find your nearest Scout group
  • Online eCommerce shop
  • Events hub with bookings
  • Adult training with online bookings
  • Site-wide search
  • Online donation engine
  • Nights away notification forms
  • Latest news, photos and videos
  • Campsite and Activity Centre information and booking enquiries

Watch this space…

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls