Scouts Chief Executive Celebrates Pears Project Success

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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.

Our 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 it? 

If you want to join us in our great adventure, then please contact Isabelle Mills or visit our Get Involved Pages