Tyrone among highest areas for new scouts

Three Spires Scouts member Iona who got to try on the Mid-Ulster District Council chain of office with the help of Vice-Chairperson Kim Ashton.INMM0916-359
Three Spires Scouts member Iona who got to try on the Mid-Ulster District Council chain of office with the help of Vice-Chairperson Kim Ashton.INMM0916-359

Tyrone is among the the top 10 areas for the fastest growing numbers of new scouts.

Young women and girls now make up a quarter of all Scouts, with thousands joining up in the last year alone.

New figures show that in the 25 years since the Scout Association first admitted girls, the numbers have steadily grown, with 144,000 holding membership, including female adult volunteers. Membership numbers in general are up, with counties Tyrone and Fermanagh among the top 10.