16th needs supporters

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THE good news is Scout membership is on the up across Falkirk district.

However, the knock on effect is a desperate need for more adults to take on leadership roles.

In December we highlighted the plight of the 5th Mount Gerald group in Stenhousemuir which was facing a crisis with the departure of its cub leader.

Now the 16th Laurieston has a similar problem.

Group Scout Leader Alan Dick has launched a recruitment drive to attract adults to join all sections – Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

“If you know of anyone who may be interested then please send them my way,” he said.

There is a wide variety of roles, from parent helpers to section assistants to fully fledged leaders. And all of them are vital to maintain strong sections.

While the appeal for adult leaders is immediate across the district, there is equal pressure to ensure each groups executive committee has a balanced membership.

It should be made up of leaders, parents, carers and supporters.

It is essential all Scout groups have a strong executive to give continual support, help with fundraising and make decisions to help the movement grow.

The committee is made up of a chairman, treasurer, secretary and members. It ensures the groups meet the Scout Association and OSCR obligations.

If you offer your time or expertise or simply want extra information go to the District website at: http://falkirk.frscouts.org.uk/ or if you would like to help at the 16th Laurieston contact Alan at: lauriestonscouts@gmail.com

SCOUTS braved a torrential downpour when they took part in this year’s Brass Monkey camp.

While the 10-14-year-olds experienced one of the wettest camps in many years it was also one of the warmest – made a lot hotter after a 15km walk.

Traditionally the camp has always been organised to take place during the coldest time of the year, testing endurance, scouting and survival skills.

One young Scout, experiencing his first Brass Monkey, said: “We got really wet but it was really good fun.”

The camp took place at the Barrwood.