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MORE than 20,000 young people are proud members of Hampshire Scouting.

But the movement needs to recruit more adult volunteers to look after everyone properly and give more youngsters the chance to sign up.

ON THEIR MARKS Scouts from 68th Portsmouth took part in the Great South Run last year

ON THEIR MARKS Scouts from 68th Portsmouth took part in the Great South Run last year

Now Scouts in Portsmouth have shown their support of the message by featuring in a video which shows off all the fun activities they take part in.

The three minutes of footage, which was produced by local film producer Sean Orelaja, shows youngsters kayaking at Tudor Sailing Club, in Eastern Road, Portsmouth, and climbing and slack-lining at a Scout camp in Lyons Copse, Shedfield.

The finished video has been posted on YouTube.

Membership for Hampshire Scouts surpassed the 20,000 mark in April last year.

Lauren Wood, 16, who is part of Endurance Explorer Scout Unit, in Cosham, said: ‘It was so much fun making this video, definitely a challenge too!

‘We all really enjoyed doing this and it’s good that it’s getting seen by so many people on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.’

Peter Marcus, 15, a member of Paulsgrove and Wymering Explorer Scout Group, said: ‘This video presented a new challenge to Scouts in Portsmouth, but everyone rose to it.

‘People have been sharing the video on websites like Facebook and Twitter so much, and it’s really nice to see Portsmouth Scouts come together to get behind the video.’

The video was made on the back of a campaign which was launched last year by scout members in Portsmouth, Havant, Waterlooville and Petersfield to get more adults involved.

Since the video was made a number of adults have come forward and shown an interest in joining.

Joe Hunter, an Explorer Scout leader who works in and around Portsmouth, said: ‘I’m really pleased with the video. It changes people’s perception of Scouting as something which involves people in shorts sitting around a camp fire.

‘We are a modern movement that likes to have fun.’