Fu­ture of Rath­drum scouts in doubt due to lack of vol­un­teers

De­cem­ber 1998

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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