Dear Parents and Friends of Marden Scout Group
It is great to report that the number of young people in the all 3 of our sections remain high, a fantastic indication that the section leader teams are giving our young people the type of activities, challenges and adventures that they obviously enjoy. These high numbers however do pose their own challenge for the Scout Group in consideration with not only the available space of the Scout Hut but also the number of adult uniformed helpers needed to supervise the young people and conform to the Scout Association guidelines.
While it has to be said that the Scout Group would gratefully receive help from all those willing to volunteer their time, our Cub section with currently only two uniformed helpers, Claire and Ben is of urgent concern.
The Cub Pack will now have to limit membership numbers and the type of activities they are able to provide and should either Claire or Ben be unavailable to attend then meetings will need to be cancelled. Restricted Cub membership will also have an impact on both of the other sections, with Beavers having to consider their member numbers and when members can move on, and a smaller Cub pack will obviously impact numbers moving on to the Scout Troop.
While there is a necessity for our uniformed helpers to participate in modular training, you don’t have to be Bear Grylls to volunteer! Having been involved in Marden’s leader team since 1993 I can personally say that seeing young people learn, grow and have fun is an enormous reward for the time I have given.
With growing numbers of residents in the Parish and young people making enquiries into joining the Scout Group, it is great opportunity for the Group to grow its numbers but without adult volunteers we will be unable to do so and leave many young people missing out on the fantastic experiences that Scouting offers.
If you are able to give some of your time and help, in particular our Cub Pack, then please contact either myself or the section leaders.
Yours in Scouting
Group Scout Leader
Tel: 01622 433971
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