Scout plea for leaders

PUBLISHED: 19:01 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

CUBS, scouts and beaver groups across North Somerset are in desperate need of adult volunteers.

CUBS, scouts and beaver groups across North Somerset are in desperate need of adult volunteers.

In the Axe District, which spans from Bleadon to Congresbury, about 100 youngsters are eagerly awaiting openings at groups.

But a lack of adult supervision means many groups are filling up fast and leaving other eager beavers on the waiting list.

Weston's Oldmixon 32nd Beaver group have their fingers crossed that someone will help out current leader Simone Smith with their weekly meetings.

The beavers group, which currently has eight members, meets at the Open Door Centre in Aller Parade on Fridays from 6-7.15pm, but there is room for 14 if another adult helps out.

Axe District commissioner Michaela Heath said: "We have a few groups in the Weston area which are missing a section.

"Wick St Lawrence has beavers and cubs but no scouts and the same applies to the Weston branch for disabled children."

Michaela thinks the problem may be down to time constraints - with parents having to stay late at work or are busy with other commitments.

She said: "Because of this some groups have a team of leaders, so if one person can't make a particular week there are other people to cover.

"That way one particular person doesn't have to commit to every single week.

"Scouting is still very popular."

Last year 72 adults were interviewed for leader positions and all of them got through.

Michaela added: "This shows that people are coming forward, we just need a bit of a push in some areas."

To encourage more people to volunteer, for the first time ever the Axe District's annual awards day will be open to members of the public.

The event is taking place on Sunday in Weston's Winter Gardens from 1-4pm.

Anyone who cannot make the event but is interested in joining can call 0845 3001818 or visit

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