Scouts learn about lifeboats

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 September 2011

32nd Oldmixon Scouts at the RNLI

32nd Oldmixon Scouts at the RNLI

Archant

CHILDREN from Oldmixon learned about lifeboats last week when they visited Weston RNLI.

The 32nd Weston Oldmixon Scouts braved treacherous winds crossing Birnbeck Pier to see the crew train and get a tour of the station.

They sat in a lifeboat before it launched and dressed up in RNLI suits.

The visit helped several of the group of 12 10-13-year-olds get their community badge.

Caroline Bartlett, one of the group’s leaders, said: “32nd Oldmixon is vital, it helps children interact, get out of the house and develop important skills.

“We even take them on holidays because it is a really underprivileged area and some of them do not get to go without the group.

“They absolutely loved their visit.”

The children learn skills such as map reading and cooking.

A new badge focusing on health and fitness will teach them about healthy lifestyles.

But the group is struggling for funding after a three-year Join Up, Join In scheme financed by local schools ended recently.

It is appealing for people to come forward with fundraising ideas or sponsorship.

New leaders are also needed for the cubs and beavers.

To get involved, make a donation or propose a fundraising idea, call Caroline on 01934 629 162.

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