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New generation of scouting
By Phil Krstic, University of Lincoln student

Phil Krstic
Scouting can give you the opportunity to travel all over the world

How has scouting changed since it first started in 1907, and is it still relevant for young people today?

The Scout Association has rapidly moved on from sitting around a camp fire singing decade old songs.

These days scouts travel all over the world and experience lots of activities and sports.

I've been a scout for more than half my life, seeing first hand that scouting is still relevant for children in the 21st Century.

A modern scout group can literally take you all over the world. With my scout group I have been canoeing in Canada, jet skiing in Spain, visited Royal Navy ships in Gibraltar, explored Morocco, sampled the local culture and hiked through Shropshire in the rain.

Across the UK there are hundreds of scout groups who organise lots of activities, days out, weekend trips and weeks away at lots of different destinations all over the world. If more young people gave scouting a chance, they would really enjoy the experience.

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Bear Grylls is the Chief Scout for the Scouting Association
Beavers: Ages 6-8
Cubs: Ages 8-10
Scouts: Ages 10-14
Explorer: Ages 14-18

Summer is here, so what better time for youngsters to get out the house and experience new challenges. Scouting is an activity which doesn't cost much. Scout leaders, like myself, are volunteers and so turning up to a youth centre or school every week is free. Activities are often group discounted and annual subs aren't much considering the activities that are put on.

Fun is a big part of what we do; it's also about developing personal qualities. I've learned so much as a scout and scout leader. I applied my skills as head boy at secondary school, and now at the University of Lincoln as a part time officer on the Students' Union.

The world is moving forward, and so is scouting. Some activities from the old days of scouting are still around, but so many more modern adventures are yet to be experienced.

Join the adventure as a scout or leader in Lincolnshire.

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