What we want to do
Kent Scouts is Going for Growth and we aim to have 25,000 members by 2025.
Why we want to do it
Scouting is all about supporting young people in their personal development and we know it’s good for our volunteers too, but we have loads of young people on waiting lists and there are communities we have yet to reach. By planning for growth, we can involve more young people and become more inclusive.
How we can get there
We are asking each District to Grow by 50 members each year to help us reach 25,000 by 2025. Everyone can play their part and, essentially, if each Section or Unit grows by 2 members we’ll reach our target!
How can we help?
Rewards for Growth
Of course, there’s a badge! Each person in your Group or District Explorer Scout provision will get a badge if you achieve a growth of 10 or more Members above the last census.
• Bronze Award for 10+ extra young people per Group
• Silver Award for 25+ extra young people per Group
• Gold Award for 50+ extra young people per Group
There will be a special Gold Badge Winners’ Day of activities for the whole Group or District Explorer Scout provision at Lower Grange Farm.
All Groups and District Explorer Scout provisions that grow will be entered into a prize draw – the more you have grown, the more entries you’ll get in the draw. There will be 5 prizes of a Group or District Explorer Scout provision activity day at Lower Grange Farm and £500 to help you celebrate your achievement.
Who counts as a member?
All invested young people who appear on the Census return.
What capitation will we have to pay?
HQ membership fee, plus your District levy unless your District decides to waive their portion. You will NOT pay the County levy on the number you have increased by from the 2023 Census
How many badges will we get?
One badge for each young person and each adult as shown on the Census return.
Where are badges worn?
On uniform jumpers just above the World Membership badge, and on uniform shirts same place but above the pocket button.
How can we get entries in the prize draw?
You’ll get one draw ticket for each extra young person as shown on the Census return.
What can prize money be spent on?
Anything the Group leadership team decides. This could be a social event for the adult volunteers, or an item of equipment, or offsetting the cost of an activity. The choice is yours
Our group has an Explorer Unit – do they count as the group?
No. Explorer Scout Units count towards the “District Explorer Scout Provision” number