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New website for local scouts

by James Bentall, Scout Leader

A new website has been launched by the local scouts to showcase some of the activities being enjoyed more than 130 boys from Brookmans Park and Welham Green.

It is an attempt, by the 2nd Hatfield troop, to try to destroy some of the negative stereotypical views that surround the scouting movement.

And, if the local troop had more adult help, the list of boys waiting for places could be reduced and more local youngster, aged six to 15, could benefit.

Experience and training relevant to later life

To some, the Scout Movement is seen as something that is out of touch, old fashioned and irrelevant to today's society. But a large part of scouting is challenge and adventure.

For the older scouts, this might mean activities such as gliding, yacht sailing or quad biking. For the younger boys it might just iinvolve spending a night away from home.

Those activities and other information about the group, such as the sort of activities that the young people might typically do either at the weekly meetings or on camp or other activities, have been put online on our own web page We hope the website reflects the kind of activities each section does.

We also teach the youngsters skills that they will find useful for the rest of their lives, such as first aid, navigation, leadership and team work skills.

Adult volunteers needed so more youngsters can benefit

So back to the issue of help. If more adults were able to spare some time, many more boys, currently on the waiting list, could join in the activities.

Like many other voluntary organizations in the area, we are always looking for additional adult help. This does not necessarily mean that it needs to be regular help however, or even dealing with the young people.

For example, if you have basic DIY skills, and are prepared to spend just a couple of hours on a one-off occasion helping us maintain the Scout HQ, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Already a number of adults have agreed to give some of their time, even just the odd evening to help out. Thanks to them the activities list has become more varied and interesting and the adults seem to enjoy themselves too.

The more we can do to help give local young people positive training while at the same time providing them with fun and entertaining activities the better.

You can contact the scouts by e-mailing

James Bentall - Scout Leader

April 28, 2002

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