Surge in success for Scouts as troop numbers reach 100-year high

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THE growing popularity of Scouting has seen packs become be busiest they have ever been in the last 100 years.

A total of 325 children have joined the Scouts in County Durham in the past 12 months, helping it grow by 5.6 per cent to 6,117 members.

It is the seventh year in a row that membership has risen, with leaders crediting the following that the Seaham and District section has gained as part of the success.

It now has 126 six to 18-year-olds, with the boost giving it extra cause to celebrate in its own centenary year.

Jessica Dickinson, 17, is a member of the Seaham Apollo Explorer Scout Unit.

She said: “I have loved every moment I have spent in Scouting from the lifelong friends I have made to the camps I’ve been on.

“The most amazing thing about scouting is the life changing opportunities it has offered me, especially being able to attend the 2011 World Scout Jamboree held in Sweden.

“This experience made me realise how incredible my Scouting family is to me is and how very proud I am to be a Scout.”

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