West Sussex Scouting For All Awards 2017

At this years County AGM we will be hosting the West Sussex Scouting for All Awards 2017. This year we want to recognise the good work being done by our members to help grow Scouting in West Sussex.

Some of the Awards we need your nominations

The Awards will be:

Determined by Census Figures


  • Biggest Growth in a Beaver Colony
  • Biggest Growth in a Cub Pack
  • Biggest Growth in a Scout Troop
  • Biggest Growth in a Group
  • Biggest Growth in a District


  • Open to All Award – looking at the most diverse and inclusive group


  • Furthest Travelled Award – From VA Forms

Awards we need your help with:

Youth Shaped

  • Best Youth Shaped Project

Community Impact

  • Best Community Project


  • Most Inclusive Project


  • Leader of the Year
  • Young Leader of The Year

Nominations for the Awards need to be sent to Matthew Pike, Deputy County Commissioner by 1st September.

Census 2017 – Another year of Growth

The census count for 2017 is now complete. Thank you to all who helped in this process, adhering to all deadlines, and allowing County to issue invoices in advance of schedule. By now Districts should have invoiced all groups and ESUs and be arranging for payment of membership fees. If you have any issues with the invoice process or payment of your group fees then please contact your District Treasurer/Secretary.

Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Beavers Scouts 2,415 2,504 2,482 2,592 2,589
Cubs Scouts 2,930 2,948 2,964 3,087 3,166
Scouts 2,432 2,484 2,474 2,563 2,607
Explorer Scouts 889 896 1,007 991 964
Scout Network 36 31 30 62 179
Total YP 8,702 8,863 8,957 9,295 9,505
Adults 2,053 2,146 2,124 2,528 3,190
Total 10,755 11,009 11,081 11,823 12,695

For the fourteenth consecutive year County has managed to grow its membership which now stands at 12,695 (11,823-2016), a 7.5% increase. The bulk of the increase is from increased adult numbers at 3,190(2,528-2016), a staggering 27% increase! Hopefully this increase in adult members will allow us to continue to grow our youth membership. However, this year, this is not similarly reflected in the youth growth which has only increased by 2.3% to 9,505 (9,295-20160). Bearing in mind we have sadly had to close two groups in the County this year I consider that this is still a result we can all be proud of. Attached is a table showing County figures for the various sections( please note that Network, for historical reasons, is shown in the ‘Youth Count’ in the table although their numbers are deducted when calculating membership fees as they are exempt).
Thanks again for your assistance in this important annual task and let’s see what happens in 2017. In the meantime please can I encourage all of you to ensure databases, both youth (OMS) and adults (Compass), are kept up to date as compliance with this is, the biggest aid to easier census completion.

Steve Mitchison
County Secretary

Annual Census Report 2016

An update from our County Secretary, Steven Mitchison;

I am pleased to report that the annual census is now complete. Overall growth in membership at 6.7% is the greatest since 2010. We are now tantalising close to a youth total of 10,000. Might we achieve that in 2017?
Annual Census 2016
Can I continue by thanking all of you who have been involved in the completion of the Census at Group, Unit, District or County level for your help and assistance. I am fully aware of how big a task this was and the detective work that goes into ensuring an accurate count especially with adults holding multiple roles. Anyway compass will sort that out next year!!
The County Executive is very pleased with the figures, a summary of which is shown in the table above. There are 10 districts and 113 groups in West Sussex and collectively they have increased the youth count to 9,295 (8,957 2015), an increase of 3.8%. Adult membership has increased even more dramatically to 2,528 (2,124 2015) an increase of 19%. It is pleasing to see more adults accessing the benefits of scout membership. I expect this figure to increase again next year as all trustees now need to be registered as members after the 2016 AGMs.