The Scouts are on their way

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

THE chil­dren of the Dou­glas district will soon have a chance to raise their right hand and re­cite the Scout’s prom­ise, as Scouts Queens­land de­cide to re­in­state the group in Moss­man.

Scouts Queens­land re­gional de­vel­op­ment and sup­port of­fi­cer Tony Lan­gler is look­ing for adult vol­un­teers to form a com­mit­tee that will form a Scouts group in Moss­man. “We want to gen­er­ate an in­ter­est from adults in the area, and we’re look­ing for a chair­man, trea­surer, sec­re­tary and group lead­ers,” Mr Lan­gler said.

“There’s roles for any­body who wants to put their hand up and vol­un­teer.

“We pro­vide all the train­ing you need and you can even take it a step fur­ther and get a na­tion­ally recog­nised Cert III and Cert IV in Lead­er­ship and Man­age­ment, paid for by the group.”

Scouts Queens­land has been ap­proached by lo­cals in the past six months to es­tab­lish a group in the com­mu­nity.

Moss­man Scout group did have a re­vival back in 2014 but fiz­zled out and be­fore then the group op­er­ated in 2004.

Scouts gets kids away from the iPads and com­put­ers and into the great out­doors.

“It’s all about ed­u­ca­tion for life, kids learn skills, re­silience, self-re­liance, in­de­pen­dence, self-con­fi­dence and all the skills that shape a bet­ter per­son for the fu­ture,” Mr Langer said.

“We do out­door ac­tiv­i­ties like camp­ing, bush walk­ing, ab­seil­ing and ca­noe­ing.

“We do em­brace new tech­nol­ogy with badges and achieve­ments in our cur­rent pro­gram but we don’t have elec­tron­ics on camp or sec­tion nights,” he said.

Mr Lan­gler en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to get in­volved.

“You make some of the best friends you’ll ever have through scout­ing. Some of the best friends I had from when I was a kid in scouts I still have now,” Mr Lan­gler said.

“The group will start to feel like your fam­ily and ev­ery­one joins for the same rea­sons, to give our kids a great op­por­tu­nity to grow up as well rounded cit­i­zens.

“We are aim­ing to open the Moss­man Scouts group for kids at the be­gin­ning of next year, once we get enough vol­un­teers and a com­mit­tee to­gether,” he said.

If you or some­one you know want to get in­volved in Moss­man Scouts please con­tact Tony Lan­gler on 0438304167 or rdso.seq@scout­sqld.com.au .

Tony Lan­gler, Re­gion De­vel­op­ment and Sup­port Of­fi­cer, SEQ Scouts

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