THE number of teenage girls joining the Scouts has risen by almost 40 per cent in the last year.

According to new figures released by the Scouts, female membership has grown by 16.2 per cent with teenage membership growing to 13.2 per cent.

There are now 3,949 Scouts in East Lancashire, with leaders saying they are delighted with the growing number of young people and adults joining Scouting.

The figures come following announcements that St Michael and St John’s Scout Group is set to be reopened in Clitheroe in September.

A new Scouting group is also being set up in Langho. Brandon Melia, 17, an Explorer Scout from Darwen District Explorer Scout Unit, said: “Getting involved in Scouting is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

“I get the opportunity to take part in so many different adventures and I get involved in helping my local community by being a Young Leader.

“I also assist with the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, and activities including hiking, outdoor cooking, camping and sailing.”

Lisa Barnes, a spokeswoman for East Lancashire Scouts, said: “Being a Scout Leader is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done.

“It’s something I can do on a flexible basis when I have enough time to spare.

“It’s great helping young people in my local area get the most out of life and watching them develop week in-week out.

“I’ve also picked up loads of transferrable skills that I’m able to use in my job and wider life.”

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “I am super proud to see so many young people and adults learning new life skills, achieving personal rewards through Scouting in East Lancashire.

“I am excited to see Scout numbers continue to rise 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.”