2017 Census

The 2017 membership census has revealed how popular Scouting in Hitchin is, with membership now over 1,000!

There are 1,072 members of Scouting in Hitchin, which is 107 more than in 2016, a massive
9.5% increase.

The number of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network Scouts has increased to 868, a
5.9% increase. Part of the increase is as a result of the opening of 2 additional Beaver Colonies during 2016 to help meet demand. One of these is a second Beaver colony at 3rd Hitchin which meets every two weeks on a Saturday afternoon, the first Scout Group to offer something like this in the town. Meeting on a Saturday has opened opportunities for young people and adult volunteers who may struggle to attend meetings on a weekday, and has helped encourage regular parent support during the fortnightly meetings.
We also have 11 more adults in leadership roles, and an increase in adults providing support as administrators and Executive Committee members.

And over the past 10 years, Scouting in Hitchin has grown by over 75%!

2017 Census Chart

Tony Hankin, District Commissioner for Hitchin Scouts said "I'm delighted that more and more young people are joining Scouting in Hitchin. I'm also very grateful to all the new volunteers that have joined us to help provide the adventure and challenge that Scouting offers. My thanks go to all the leaders, helpers and other volunteers who provide a fantastic programme of scouting activities for our members."

Also in 2016, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders in Hitchin achieved a total of 4180 nights away camping - the equivalent of nearly 11 years camping!

The demand from young people and their parents for the activities and adventure that Scouting can offer is forever growing in Hitchin. The challenge now is to ensure they can continue to find volunteers to lead and support the Sections and Groups and allow everyone that wants to join Hitchin Scouting to do so.

Hitchin Scouts are searching for volunteers to help in various roles across the District from running the Scout Shop once a month to leading a whole Scout Group. Volunteers don't have to give up every week and can volunteer on a flexible basis. For example, it doesn't have to be a weekly commitment, it could be alternative weeks, or even once a month.

They are looking for anyone, male or female, that is interested in supporting and helping the young people of Hitchin to learn and develop skills, work with each other, enjoy the outdoors and have fun! Could that be you?

You can find out more about Hitchin Scouts and the opportunities for getting involved at www.hitchinscouts.org/volunteering or follow them on Twitter @hitchinscouts.