Lead­ers needed as lo­cal scouts make a come­back

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FOR the first time in two years the Whit­sun­day Coast Scouts group is back in ac­tion and will of­fi­cially re­launch with a meet and greet on Tues­day, March 18.

The meet and greet will be held at the Den in Cannonvale from 6pm, with an ori­en­ta­tion week for new mem­bers to fol­low.

Scouts is the largest youth or­gan­i­sa­tion in Aus­tralia and is de­signed to teach valu­able life skills, com­mu­nity spirit and lead­er­ship to chil­dren and young adults aged from 626 years.

Whit­sun­day Coast Scout leader Kathy Ball said lo­cal youth would en­joy a range of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing camps, hikes, fish­ing tours, sail­ing ab­seil­ing, moun­tain bike rid­ing and other re­gional scout pro­grams.

“We’ve had six lo­cal chil­dren sign-up al­ready but it would be great to see those num­bers in­crease be­cause the only way we can keep mov­ing for­ward is through com­mu­nity sup­port,” she said.

Re­gional leader Nikki McWhin­ney said scout lead­ers from Mackay and Bowen had of­fered their as­sis­tance to help get the Whit­sun­day Coast Scouts group off the ground.

“If you are look­ing for an ad­ven­ture and the chance to help young people build a solid and pos­i­tive foun­da­tion for their fu­ture then be­come a scout leader,” she said.

“As a leader, people will have ac­cess to a wide va­ri­ety of re­sources and have an op­por­tu­nity to give back to the com­mu­nity while help­ing to ed­u­cate, guide and sup­port lo­cal youth in their de­vel­op­ment.”

Ms Ball said vol­un­teer­ing as a scout leader was a great way for par­ents to be an ac­tive part of their child’s life and full train­ing would be pro­vided. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathy Ball on 0409 233 397.

SCOUTS READY: Gary Muller, Kiana Hig­gins, David Hig­gins, Whit­sun­day group leader Kathy Ball, re­gional leader mem­ber­ship sup­port Nikki McWhin­ney, re­gion com­mis­sioner Dou­gal McWhin­ney, (front) Dal­las Hig­gins, Zac Hart-Eg­gers, Kyle Lunch and Made­line Muller trav­elled from Bowen to help sup­port the re­launch of the Whit­sun­day Coast Scouts group on Satur­day.

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