Northamptonshire County Scouts covers the same geographical area as the County of Northamptonshire in the East Midlands Region of England.
Northamptonshire covers an area of 2,364 square kilometres (913 sq miles) and has a population estimated in 2014 as being 706,600. Since 1981 the population of Northamptonshire has increased by almost 33%. This population increase was in excess of double that of England generally.
Northamptonshire County Scouts is led by the County Commissioner as the senior volunteer, who in turn is supported by the County Chairman and other nominated commissioners and non-uniformed personnel.
The county is divided up into six scout districts, headed by a volunteer District Commissioner, which in turn supports local scout groups. These scout districts are:
Daventry District – sharing the boundaries of Daventry District Council
Glendon District – sharing the boundaries of Corby Borough Council and Kettering Borough Council
Grafton District – sharing the boundaries of South Northants District Council
Northampton District – sharing the boundaries of Northampton Borough Council
Nene Valley District – sharing the boundaries of East Northants District Council
Wellingborough District – sharing the boundaries of the Borough Council of Wellingborough
Whilst Northamptonshire County Scouts and the six scout districts are independent charities in their own right, they are all a part of The Scout Association of the United Kingdom and are therefore bound by the policies and rules that govern the national association.
Nationally the youth membership is made up of a core age range of 6 to 25 years of age in five sectional groupings. These are; Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Scout Network. This is supported by adult volunteer members.
The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25.
Internationally, we have over 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of Scouting across 216 countries. Personal development means promoting the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, helping them achieve their full potential. In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are ‘learning by doing,’ when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.
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Scouting is currently active in 216 countries and territories with a global membership of over 28 million. Two thirds of the international membership are in developing countries.The International Office, based at Gilwell Park, promotes international opportunities including camps and projects, with the aim of strengthening links between The Scout Association in the UK and other members of The World Organisation of the Scout Movement.