CHARD NEWS: New adult volunteers needed for Scout Group

CHARD NEWS: New adult volunteers needed for Scout Group

A SPECIAL meeting is being held later this month which could go a long way to safeguarding the future of a Scout Group in Chard.

The 1st Chard Scout Group is looking for more adult volunteers to help with the organisation which caters for people aged from five through to 14.CHARD NEWS: New adult volunteers needed for Scout Group Photo 1

But while actual Scout membership is looking good for the group which is based at St Mary’s Church Hall – adults are needed to help with the running of the group.

“All of the leaders in Scouting are volunteers which means we do this alongside our day jobs,” said Ben Preston, of the 1st Chard Scout Group.

“Adults can take on many different roles in Scouting, but in particular we are currently looking for Cub and Scout leaders.

“The role of an adult volunteer is very fulfilling and to see our young people achieve things that they would never have imagined doing is a massively proud moment and the main thing is they are away from their phones, tablets, TVs and games consoles.”CHARD NEWS: New adult volunteers needed for Scout Group Photo 2

Ben added: “Not all of our adults are in uniform though and we are currently in need of an executive committee.”

The group will be holding an EAGM to formally set up a committee at Eleos Café in Fore Street, Chard, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 6.30pm.

If you would like more information about the group please contact Ben via or you can find them on Facebook at 1st Chard Scout Group.

The group meets at the church hall on Tuesday evenings from 6pm and is part of the worldwide Scouting organisation who aims to actively engage and support young people in their personal development and empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

Ben said: “We run many activities throughout the year. For example from September to December our young people took part in zip-lining, potholing in artificial caves, orienteering, camp fires, crafts, sailing, Chard Carnival, Remembrance Sunday and lots more other exciting activities on our evening sessions and we have lots more activities planned for the New Year.”

The group has three age groups: Beavers aged from 5-and-three-quarters through to 8; Cubs aged from eight through to 10-and-a-half; and Scouts aged from 10-and-a-half through to 14.