There are currently 36,000 young people in the UK on waiting lists to become Scouts, due to a lack of adult volunteers and a surge in applications to the movement.
For its new volunteer drive, The Scout Association is sharing its specialist skills by launching a book, with the help of Chief Scout Bear Grylls, which aims to attract more adults to the great outdoors.
The Outdoor Adventure Manual, which is published by Haynes Publishing on 4 April, shares the best Scouting knowledge about outdoor skills from the last 100 years which, until now, has largely been passed on from leader to leader and Scout to Scout.
Writing in the manual, Bear Grylls said: ‘We’ve tracked down our best outdoors people and managed to get them to stand still long enough to scribble down their secrets – from how to rig a hammock and tarpaulin, to making rope from nettle stalks.
‘Despite the brilliant ideas you’ll find in this book, there’s still no substitute for learning from a real person. So if you enjoy what you read, and are enthusiastic about all things outdoors, why not seek out your local Scout Group and let one of our volunteers (or brilliant young people) show you the ropes? We need people like you.’
With contributions from some of the biggest names in the outdoors and bushcraft community, including Tristan Gooley (The Natural Navigator), Joe O’Leary and Paul Kirtley, the Outdoor Adventure Manual goes further than any previous Scouting skills book with sections on survival, wild camping, knots and lashings and first aid advice approved by the British Red Cross.
Featuring more than 30 outdoor projects, including how to build a tepee and A-Frame shelter, plus step-by-step guides to a range of key backwoods skills such as navigating, camping, fire lighting and cooking, the Outdoor Adventure Manual is illustrated with hundreds of colour photographs.
The Scout Association was keen to publish the book with Haynes Publishing which is world-renowned for its manuals which use clear step-by-step and thoroughly tested, guides.
Today, Scouting offers over 200 different activities to 400,000 girls and boys across the UK. From abseiling and archery, to drama, street sports and water zorbing, Scouting helps 6 to 25 year olds grow in confidence, achieve their full potential and become active members of their local communities.
The Scout Association
Scouting in the UK is the largest mixed volunteer-led movement for young people in the UK. Offering fun, challenges and adventure, it exists to make young people’s lives better, helping them realise their full potential and take their place in society.
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