SCOUTING numbers on the Isle of Wight have risen for the seventh consecutive year.
Membership has risen to 1,439, a 30 per cent rise since 2007.
Nationally, the scouts want to recruit another 18,000 adults by 2018 so the movement can offer life-changing adventures to 58,000 more young people, according to the scout chief commissioner Wayne Bulpitt.
New Island commissioner Paul Savill said: "Wayne’s target for new recruitment translates into an aim to see an extra 250 young people join scouts on the Isle of Wight by 2018.
"If we want to see this growth, we must attract at least another 50 adults to maintain the level of adventure and fun we already offer. We give our leaders free, nationally recognised training from within our own Island-based support team. And obviously our leaders get to join in the fun and adventure with the young people."
Adventurer and chief scout Bear Grylls, who was educated Bembridge School said: "I am super proud to see so many young people and adults learning new life skills and achieving personal rewards through scouting in the UK.
"I am excited to see scout numbers rising across the UK and the big reasons for this are that more and more young people are realising that scouting can give them so much, whether it’s the opportunity to be involved with some incredible adventures, learn practical life, outdoor and teamwork skills, or helping to improve their local communities."
Mr Bulpitt, will visit Island Scouts at Corfe Camp on Saturday, May 31, for a fun day.
Anyone who thinks they can help improve the scouting experience on the Island should call Mandy Holloway on (01983) 865193 for scouting in Newport, East Cowes and West Wight or John Dickinson on (01983) 566399 for scouting in East Wight.