Scout group appeals for volunteers

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 October 2019

Cub scout leader Pip Honor with some of her sixers and seconders, the group is looking for new leaders and helpers.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Cub scout leader Pip Honor with some of her sixers and seconders, the group is looking for new leaders and helpers. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A scout group in Nailsea is in desperate need of more volunteer leaders to prevent its clubs from closing.

First Nailsea Scout Group has more than 200 young people in beavers, cubs and scouts, who are supported by a number of uniformed staff and helpers.

The group is in need of leaders across all three sections to help with the growing demand for places.

Bridget Wyatt, from 1st Nailsea Scout Group, said: "Last year we had to close a beaver colony because a long-standing leader retired; we have been actively trying to recruit replacements but with no joy.

"We are looking for people with a love of the great outdoors, and who enjoy working with children and in small teams.

"While previous scouting experience is a bonus, it really isn't necessary.

"The group has a number of very experienced leaders who can help guide people who are new to the scouting organisation."

More than 50 children are on the waiting list to join the scout group.

The aim of the scouting movement is to equip young people with skills for life, and this is delivered through a structured programme of adventure, learning and fun.

Bridget added: "Our goal is to help them develop their full potential to become leaders, team workers and problem solvers, and to develop characteristics such 
as resilience, tenacity and initiative."

The group has three beaver colonies for children aged six to eight, three club packs for eight to 10-year-olds and two scout troops for children aged 10-14.

There is also one explorer unit for 14-18-year-olds.

The group is looking for leaders and helpers across all the groups, but there are also a number of voluntary roles which do not involve working with children, including administrative tasks, maintaining equipment or the scout hut premises and fundraising with the Friends of First Nailsea.

First Nailsea Scout Group is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year and leaders are keen to recruit volunteers to enable as many children to benefit from the activities as possible.

To find out more, contact Bridget at bridget.wyatt@1stnailseascouts.org.uk

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