Scouts look to set up in Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Scouts Australia Far North re­gion is seek­ing to es­tab­lish a branch in the Dou­glas re­gion and are scout­ing for mem­bers and vol­un­teers to re­alise this am­bi­tion.

Es­tab­lished in Australia in 1908 and due to cel­e­brate its 100th an­niver­sary in the Far North this year, the Scout­ing As­so­ci­a­tion is one of Australia’s big­gest youth or­gan­i­sa­tions with 10,000 mem­bers aged be­tween six and 26.

“We re­ally hope that we can get some com­mit­ted in­di­vid­u­als with pas­sion to take on the task of vol­un­teer­ing their time to cre­at­ing a scout­ing group in the lo­cal area,” Rover Scout Alexan­dra Al­lan­son said.

“There was pre­vi­ously a group in the area, but it dis­banded, we hope that with enough sup­port we can get it up and run­ning again.”

Alexan­dra is un­der­tak­ing the chal­lenge of pro­mot­ing and strength­en­ing the scout for­ma­tion in the re­gion as part of her Baden Pow­ell (founder of the Scouts) award - the most pres­ti­gious award avail­able to scouts.

“The Scouts group is avail­able to young adults as well as chil­dren, which many young peo­ple don’t re­alise,” she said.

“It’s a great way to meet new friends, learn new things, have new ad­ven­tures, de­velop as a per­son and help the com­mu­nity.”

Scouts are sep­a­rated into age-based sec­tions - Joey Scouts (6-8), Cub Scouts (7.5-11), Scouts (10-15), Ven­turer Scouts (14-18) and Rovers (17-25), with each sec­tion tak­ing more re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own ac­tiv­i­ties as they progress.

If you are keen to be­come in­volved in the for­ma­tion of a scout group or are keen to be­come a scout, rover or leader con­tact Alexan­dra on alexan­dra.al­lan­son@ gmail.com

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