Future of Rathdrum scouts in doubt due to lack of volunteers
THE future of Rathdrum’s scouts hangs in the balance – because of a lack of manpower.
So acute has the problem become that the 6th Wicklow Scouts may have to be disbanded.
Bernie McGarry, an assistant leader with the local cubs, made the revelation this week.
She said that it is essential that people volunteer.
‘We have one leader but we definitely need two to three more,’ she said.
‘We have appealed to the parents to help out because there is a danger of the scouts closing,’ she said.
Five of the local cubs are now due to enter the scouts.
They can do so because they have reached the age of eleven, but their future in scouting may be over.
‘People may think: “Oh I don’t know anything about scouting” but we do provide training,’ says Bernie.
She joined the organisation herself in February for the first time and has found she loves it.
On Sunday last, an investiture ceremony was held for 17 of Rathdrum’s cubs and two cub leaders.
And St Kevin was looking after his own on Sunday.
He kept the sun shining on the group who had travelled to Glendalough for the occasion.
The scouting group and the scenic spot have a great connection.
Bernie explains that the group chose to have the ceremony at Glendalough because the scouting region is called St Kevin’s.