A scout group may be forced to close sections of their group if they don’t find new leaders. They are in desperate need of volunteers after several helpers left due to relocation.
The First Meadow Covert Scout group is based in Edwalton and has around 100 members. The group is a thriving part of the local community having Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Sea Scouts.
Beaver Scout leader Kerry White has been a leader for 11 years. She said: “It would be a pity if we had to close, as the children really enjoy the sessions and there’s a large waiting list.
“Scouts gives the children a safe place to interact with others and undertake new activities. It’s nice seeing the young people achieve things they thought were impossible, or experiencing new things and new places.”
She says the group has become short of leaders as parents struggle to commit to being a leader around smaller children, it’s just not the right time in people’s lives for them to be able to help.
Kerry added: “Ideally we need Cub leaders for Friday, a Beaver leaders for Tuesday and a Scout leader for Monday to ensure that the helpers who need to leave do not feel obliged to stay just because there is no-one else.”
At this time the group are also in need of a new Group Scout leader to pull the committee together, which look after the fundraising and maintenance of the charity.
A potential leader must be prepared to undergo a criminal records check and a step-by-step training course that can be easily fitted around full-time employment. The training course can also lead to an Institute of Leadership and Management qualification.
Ideally, they must be prepared to attend evening activities most weeks during term-time on their night, and take the children away at least once a year for camp.
For more details please contact Kerry White on firstname.lastname@example.org
By Sarah Featley