Scout groups appealing for volunteers to be adult leaders
PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 July 2016
Scouting groups across Weston-super-Mare and Worle are in desperate need of volunteers, as there are not enough adult leaders to meet rising demand from youngsters.
The 2nd Worle Scouts is one such over-subscribed group, and it has already had to reduce the number of days it can hold its activities.
Taylan Anar started volunteering when he realised the group his son went to needed more leaders.
But he said this is the case across the 24 groups in the Axe District.
He said: “Most of the groups are in need of volunteers.
“The current leaders are doing as much as they can.
“I am a cub leader, but trying to do the beavers and the scouts. I am a working person as well.”
The groups are about to break up for the school holidays, but Mr Anar hopes people will be prepared to volunteer after the summer.
He said: “Doing activities with kids indoors or outdoors are always enjoyable and good fun.
“My son, Thomas, is in the beavers at the moment but will move up to cubs at summer camp.
“I started helping as a parent helper, for an hour a week.
“I noticed the group needed more leaders because most of the activities need more help from adults so kids can enjoy and learn from adults.”
Mr Anar said youngsters are keener than ever to get involved in scouts, cubs and beavers groups.
But he said they are finding themselves on waiting lists.
He said: “They want to do scouting but cannot do it because we have not got the volunteers.
“A lot of groups have waiting lists, but they need four adults at least to be leaders.
“If we do not have those volunteers, my son will not have anywhere to go, and he loves it a lot.
“With just one extra person, it makes so much difference.”
Anyone interested in volunteering should visit www.axescouts.org.uk
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