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Scout numbers reach record high

Scouts climbing on a dartmoor tor on this year's summer camp - image (c) 2nd Hatfield Scouts
Scouts climbing on a dartmoor tor on this year's summer camp - image (c) 2nd Hatfield Scouts

Brookmans Park scout leaders are looking for more adults to help run the growing and thriving troop which has now reached record membership levels.

More than 125 boys aged between 10 and 14 are now attending weekly meetings at the North Mymms scout HQ.

According to scout leaders, the troop offers youngsters a chance to have fun, try new experiences and learn new skills. The scouts even get to choose the activities they want to engage in.

Popular choices recently have included canoeing, off-road cycling and jumping, snowboarding and mountain boarding as well as spending time involved in some of the more ‘traditional' scouting skills such as fire lighting, cooking and camping.

However, the increase in the popularity of scouting means that those running the troop are at full stretch.

"We are looking for additional adults who might be willing to help out and strengthen our existing leadership team," said scout leader James Bentall.

"If we had a few more volunteers helping, either by looking after and supervising the young people, or with some of the behind the scenes jobs, such as helping maintain our headquarters, it would allow the leaders to spend more time with the young people.

"A lot of people are put off by the thought of regular commitment. Even if you can only offer one hour every now and then, we would be delighted to hear from you," he said.

James would be especially interested in hearing from any adults who have a specific skill to offer. Last term, eight boys spent a couple of weeks taking a car apart to learn car maintenance skills.

If you don't feel you could help with the 10-14 year olds, the group is also looking for additional support with the younger sections - either Beavers (6-8 yr olds) or Cubs (8-10 yr olds).

You can discuss this issue in this site’s forum. If you are able to help, you can email James by using the site’s feedback form (click here) and select his name from the drop down list. Be sure to add your contact details if you do mail him.

Click here for the Brookmans Park Scouts (2nd Hatfield Scout Group)

17 September 2006

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