A solo sailing adventure for two six-year-old girls is testament to the growing popularity of the scouting movement with girls.
In Bedfordshire, girls now make up 20 per cent of the 5,000 young people who take part in the 77 local packs.
District commissioner Graeme Watt said: “Last year, the Bedford area saw our best ever result with a staggering 37 per cent rise to 201 young female members. Female Beaver Scouts led the way with a massive 65 per cent increase.”
He added two of these Beavers, who tried water activities at Luton Hoo, were given their own boat to sail for the very first time.
Mr Watt said: “The girls said it was one of the most exciting things they had ever done, especially when they had to be rescued.”
With adventure at its core, Scouting aims to help young people achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.
The organisation offers more than 200 activities, including glider and powered flights, water activities, archery, rock climbing and incident hikes.
Across the UK, Scout membership has grown by an impressive 100,000 to 550,457 in the past 10 years according to the latest figures from the Scout Association’s annual census. This makes it the largest co-ed youth movement in the country.
For more information about joining the Scouts, go to www.scouts.org.uk/join or call the Scout Info Centre on 0845 300 1818.