Long queues to join scout groups

More than 100 children are on waiting lists for scout groups across Weston and its surrounding villages due to a lack of volunteers to help run them. Axe District Scout Council runs 14 beaver, cub and scout groups from Bleadon to Blagdon and organisers sa

More than 100 children are on waiting lists for scout groups across Weston and its surrounding villages due to a lack of volunteers to help run them.Axe District Scout Council runs 14 beaver, cub and scout groups from Bleadon to Blagdon and organisers say they would set up more if they had more helpers. District commissioner Michaela Peatman is launching a recruitment drive across the area to try and draw in more volunteers.She said: "We are looking for adults in all capacities from helping with fund-raising or executive committees and management positions through to people who want to work with the children directly."If we had more adults we would be able to open up more groups for the hundreds of children on the waiting lists."The scout council met for its annual review at Broadoak Community School in Weston on Wednesday after another successful year. Ten-year-old Kyle Borthwick, from 1st Ashcombe Scouts, was presented with the coveted trophy for best effort over the last 12 months and 35 certificates were given out to scouts who had done well in their sections.Next year is the scout movement's 100th anniversary and boys from across the country will be taking part in a number of scouting activities to celebrate in July.On July 14 the 1,100 scouts from the area will be enjoying a day of activities and competitions at Weston airfield. And later in the month, scouts from 130 countries will be coming over to England to join in with celebrations.Anyone interested in helping with scout, beaver or cub groups can call Michaela on 01934 812473. Full training will be given.


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