Scothern Beavers, part of 25th Lincoln (Scothern) Scout Group, are looking for more volunteers. At Christmas they will be losing their Leader after 16 years, as well as an assistant leader who will be heading to university and another taking maternity leave. This means to ensure the future of the section, they are seeking new volunteers to lend a hand.
“We need people to step up so that we can continue to run and provide those skills for life for children through a fun and inspiring programme.” says Nick Cornwell-Smith, Group Scout Leader.
Scothern Scout Group have been around since 1972, however due to a closure at one point, the current reincarnation of the group has been around since 1995. Nick has been involved for the last 16 years and was a member himself in his youth, later returning as a volunteer when he had children of his own.
There are now five sections within Scouting; Squirrels for children aged 4-6, Beavers aged 6-8, Cubs aged 8-10 ½, Scouts 10 ½-14 and Explorers aged 14-18. Not every group has every section due to varying leader numbers and interest, but the more volunteers each group can get, the more opportunities there can be for our local youngsters.
Scothern currently has Beavers, Cubs and Scouts but this can only continue with the help of volunteers. “Volunteering is good for your mental health as it gets you out and about” explains Nick, “We do various outdoor and indoor activities, particularly within Lincoln we have a mountain activities team with climbing and walking, caving, archery, water sports… there’s a whole range of activities that people can get involved in!”
They also aim to be as flexible as possible for volunteers, meaning even if you can only help once a month, that is still a great help to ensure the groups can continue to provide an opportunity for our young people to learn skills for life and have fun whilst doing it. Roles can vary from running meetings, being a Trustee helping oversee finances and management of the group, helping out at camps or even volunteering your time to give a talk on your speciality or interest.
There has been a decline in volunteers for both Scouting and other national and local organisations, and the pandemic had a massive effect on numbers. Thankfully, it seems to be picking up again and the national Scout Association has over 140,000 volunteers within the UK which is fantastic, but there are still plenty of children on the waiting list to join their local group. “Like anything, there is a demand for places within scouting and we need the leaders and premises to be able to provide the meetings.” adds Nick.
There is an aim to get over half a million young people involved in scouting, and with the current climate it is important that our young people get the opportunity to broaden their skillset, socialise and take part in activities they wouldn’t normally get the chance to be involved in – as well as simply have fun with their peers. If you would like to find out more about the national Scout Association, visit www.scouts.org.uk and if you would like to get involved in Scothern Beavers, email firstname.lastname@example.org