TEENAGE scout numbers in Daventry rose by 30 per cent last year, a figure way above the national average.
The rise was in Explorer Scouts in the town, which is the group aged 14 to 18.
Nationally there was an increase of seven per cent in Explorer Scout numbers and the total number of scouts in Daventry now stands at 1,168.
UK chief scout Bear Grylls said: “It is so great to see scout numbers rising in Daventry and a big reason for this is the number of teenagers joining the adventure. More and more young people are realising that scouting offers them so much, whether it’s the opportunity to go on a big international adventure or the chance to learn and hone vital life skills.
“I am also excited to see so many young people in Daventry have committed their time to give back as young leaders.
“Leadership in scouting offers so many personal rewards and practical benefits.”