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16th Oct, 2021

Urgent appeal for scout leaders to meet the demand across Bromsgrove and Droitwich

AN URGENT appeal has been launched to find scout leaders across Bromsgrove and Droitwich to meet the demand for the clubs.

Since May 17, groups have been to return to face-to-face scouting after safe risk assessments were carried out and measures were put in place.

Then from June 7 the groups were back with a bang and 98 per cent of sections were back in the great outdoors.

Leaders say it has been a massive team effort with one thing in mind – the mental health of our young people.

Cub scout leader Phil Lacey said: “Our leaders are really thinking outside the box to make this happen.

“As we can’t have bubbles, the young people and leaders must socially distance and all activities are outdoors.”

Activities are varying from hikes and games to cooking and crafts.

“Feedback from both parents and children has been amazing which is making the hard work worth it.

“We really do need to give our volunteers a big pat on the back and thank you.”

This week also saw 10 new adult volunteers begin their Scouting adventure as during lockdown the movement lost volunteers and young people for a variety of reasons.

Now Scouting Bromsgrove and Droitwich are eager to recruit within the local areas and have been amazed by the interest shown.

For young people, the waiting list is growing daily which is great for the movement but to get the list down, more volunteers are needed to join the team.

Phil added: “We have multiple roles across the District and roles are flexible around your current commitments.

“You don’t need scouting experience; we all bring something totally different to the table which is why it works so well. In return you learn new skills and you get a sense of achievement at the end of every session when a young person leaves with a thank you and a smile.”

Anyone who fancies a challenge is urged to give it a go for four weeks to see how they get on.

“All you have to do is attend, get stuck in, then on the 4th week we will ask you how you have got on and whether you would like to continue, it really is as easy as that.”

Scouting Bromsgrove and Droitwich also needs members on its executive committees to help run the groups and their programmes behind the scenes.

Just one hour-a-week can make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the two towns.

Email Phil.love@scoutsbromsgrove.org.uk for more details and information

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