About 40 percent of Israeli youth between the ages of 10 and 18 belong to a youth movement, according to a new Geocartographia Institute poll commissioned by the Scouts (Hatzofim), ahead of the school year that begins on Sunday. More than three quarters of the group members surveyed said they were active, meaning that they had taken part in a movement's activity in the past two weeks.
Scouting led in membership with 31 percent, followed by the Bnei Akiva religious youth movement with 19 percent. Forty-three percent of those surveyed said they were influenced to join by their peers while 30 percent said they just enjoyed being a member. Eighteen percent said they joined groups that matched their outlook while 15 percent chose groups that were closest to their homes.