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Bear Grylls’ an­tics have made him a house­hold name and it’s cer­tainly no bad thing.

In fact Nicky Prior reck­ons it’s part of the rea­son her Scout group has seen a resur­gence over the last few years.

Five years ago she took over as the group leader of the St He­liers Glen­dowie Scout Group and has loved ev­ery minute of it.

The busy mum man­ages to find time for meet­ings al­most ev­ery night of the week with groups of Keas, Cubs and Scouts.

‘‘I co-or­di­nate every­one, or­gan­ise group camps and ac­tiv­i­ties,’’ she says.

Since tak­ing over mem­ber­ship has in­creased from 55 to 110.

‘‘The kids just sell us. They have such a good time and they tell their mates and then they come along,’’ she says.

‘‘My lead­ers and com­mit­tee are fan­tas­tic, won­der­ful peo­ple.

‘‘The big­gest is­sue is we can’t get enough lead­ers.

‘‘We have a wait­ing list of kids but no lead­ers,’’ she says.

Get­ting out­side in the great out­doors seems to be the mantra of the group and Prior says they don’t spend a lot of time in their Scout hall.

‘‘All the way through from Keas to Scouts you give the kids a fire and give them marsh­mal­lows and it’s just heaven to them,’’ she says.

High­lights of the job in­clude the chance to get in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties like camp­ing, mak­ing bivouacs and go­ing down mud­slides.

‘‘You’ve got 24 Keas go­ing crazy in the mud and they just end up with the whites of their eyes show­ing,’’ she says.

She says send­ing kids to Scouts is a great way to in­still core val­ues in young chil­dren.

‘‘Kids need some­body around that can give them that time, time is more im­por­tant than money.

‘‘If you give them the right val­ues, then they can go a long way in life,’’ she says.

Prior also plays a large role in or­gan­is­ing the hugely suc­cess­ful St He­liers An­zac com­mem­o­ra­tion.

It started out in the Ta­maki Ex Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion Hall.

But Prior spear­headed the idea to take the event out­side to the St He­liers Bay War Me­mo­rial.

Last year the com­mem­o­ra­tion at­tracted more than 3000 peo­ple. Or­gan­is­ing the ser­vice takes her all year and in­volves a lot of help from others in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We fin­ish one year and straight away start or­gan­is­ing the next,’’ Prior says.

‘‘Next year with the cen­te­nary it is go­ing to be enor­mous,’’ she says.

Her work on the com­mem­o­ra­tion in 2013 earned her an Orakei Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer Award.

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