I’m amazed to see that the Scout movement has seen its biggest rise in membership in 20 years. Even when I was Youth Officer for the Church of Ireland [just think of that!] 25 years ago, it looked as if uniformed youth work was in trouble. Yes indeed – why would people join very traditional organisations with a liking for funny clothes? Yet with some careful and imaginative development work, a revival is under way – 15000 extra members joined last year.
I’m surprised. I would have thought it was hopeless – not least because of the difficulty of recruiting volunteer leadership. So the reversal of decline gives me hope ..