More Jersey children joining Scout movement

More than 100 children have become new Scout members in Jersey making it the biggest increase in recent years, according to the scout commissioner.

The total scout membership in the island is now 871, a 12% rise from the same time in 2011.

Explorer Scouts, for older children, have seen its numbers increase by more than a quarter.

Helen Woolsey, island commissioner for Scouts, said the movement helps to prepare young people for the future.

She said: "Scouting provides an enormous range of activities for young people, the A to Z of abseiling to zorbing. That is what attracts young people to us."

Ms Woolsey said they needed more volunteers to help with activities and with administration behind the scenes.

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