On Wednesday 3rd February 2016, Matt Hyde (Chief
Executive of the Scout Association) welcomed and thanked Clare
Campion-Smith - Lord Mayor of Bristol , Trevor Pears (Executive
Chairman) and his team from the Pears Foundation, representatives
from local businesses, youth and community organisations, Bristol
City Council, Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Girl Guiding,
volunteers from Avon Scouts and the Regional Development Service
for attending the business breakfast.
The success of the Pears project in Avon County has shown that
non formal education has enabled us to reach more people than ever
before, particularly where deprivation and demographics have
previously been challenges.
Today there are more than 450,000 young people involved in
Scouting, following 10 years of consecutive growth, sadly 40,000
young people are on waiting lists waiting to join the adventure,
and our focus with the support of both the Pears Foundation and
other local organisations is to eliminate those waiting lists.
The young people enjoying Scouting today, are supported by over
100,000 adult volunteers, as well as a further 30,000 trustees, and
a further 60,000 parent helpers - meaning that Scouting reaches
into every part of our society.
work with the Pears Foundation has enabled us to learn and
develop new and flexible ways of engaging with the
volunteers. Our amazing team of interns and the Pears
Foundation team have been a joy to work with.
The message about volunteering is as clear and relevant today as
it was yesterday. It's a team effort - whereby our young
people can develop and grow into responsible citizens. We've
got an idea, and it's a fantastic one - to enable more young people
than ever before to enjoy fun and adventure - Can you help to shape
If you want to join us in our great adventure, then please
Mills or visit our Get Involved Pages