Push to get Scouts up and run­ning

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

One of Hed­land’s old­est as­so­ci­a­tions is be­ing brought back from re­tire­ment with a new cam­paign to restart a Scout troop in the town.

It’s been al­most a cen­tury since the 53rd Boy Scout Troop Port Hed­land was first reg­is­tered on July 18, 1933, by then res­i­dent and group scout­mas­ter C. G. Kemp­ton. The group for­mally closed on March 31, 2011.

Scouts WA North re­gional chief com­mis­sioner Kevin Pestell said the time was right to re-es­tab­lish the el­der tra­di­tions orig­i­nally reg­is­tered with the Boy Scouts As­so­ci­a­tion (Eng­land) Over­seas Scout Group. “We have a num­ber of vol­un­teers who have come for­ward and are un­der­tak­ing our mem­ber­ship ap­pli­ca­tion screen­ing be­fore par­tic­i­pat­ing in our na­tion­ally recog­nised e-Learn­ing train­ing pro­gram,” he said.

“Once that is in place our train­ing team will visit Hed­land and de­liver lo­cal train­ing for those lead­ers.”

Port Hed­land res­i­dent Terri John­son floated the idea of a Scout group on so­cial me­dia in Novem­ber last year for chil­dren aged five to 15 — and the new cam­paign will look for a start­ing date be­tween term two and the start of term three of school. “Scouts WA Hed­land Scout Group leader, Terri John­son and her team of lead­ers are search­ing both Port and South Hed­land for a suit­able meet­ing place,” Mr Pestell said.

“We an­tic­i­pate call­ing for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from par­ents and youth mem­bers in the near fu­ture. Our youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gram cov­ers Joey Scouts (6-7 years old), Cub Scouts (8-10 years old) and Scouts (11-14 years old).”

“Our sis­ter or­gan­i­sa­tion Girl Guides WA has re­cently com­menced de­liv­er­ing their youth pro­gram in South Hed­land and we are look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with them.”

Pic­ture: Tay­lar Amonini

Phoenix Gill, 10, Suzy Old­ham, Carissa McGre­gor, 9, Hay­ley Searle, 18, Hol­lky Searle, 9, Sally Keogh, 15 and Bethanie Searle of the New­man Scouts Group.

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