SCOUTING membership in Mid Cheshire district has continued to grow with 59 new members added in the past year.

This has helped Scouting in Cheshire grow by 4.3 per cent to more than 12,000 people actively involved across the county.

The number of adults volunteering to change young people’s lives in Cheshire has grown by 365 in the past eight years to a total of 2,255, while female membership in the county has grown from 589 to 1701 between 2005 and 2014.

Mid-Cheshire district currently has 1,147 members, a rise of 5.4 per cent on a year ago.

District Commissioner Andrew Little said: “It’s been a tremendous year for the district and we have added 185 members over the past six years which shows the ever increasing appeal of Scouting to young people seeking everyday adventure.”

Nationally, Scout membership has grown by 100,000 to 550,000 in the last ten years, cementing its place as the largest coeducational community-based youth charity in the UK.

During this period female membership has grown from 69,996 to 128,042.