Who wants to lead our Scouts?

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

‘‘You feel so bad that you can't be there to take on the role.’’

The Mata­mata branch of a youth or­gan­i­sa­tion which aims to change the lives of young New Zealan­ders may have to close if it can’t find a new leader.

The Mata­mata Scouts will hold its fi­nal meet­ing tonight and then the group will be forced to travel to Pu­taruru ev­ery week for its meet­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties, when school re­sumes for term four.

It comes af­ter Bren­don Gill, Mata­mata Scouts leader, had to re­sign af­ter two years in charge, be­cause of his com­mit­ments to work.

‘‘You feel so bad that you can’t be there to take on the role,’’ says com­mit­tee mem­ber Michelle Gill.

‘‘We just feel like we have let the whole world down be­cause my hus­band just can’t do it at the mo­ment.’’

There are four Scouts, but Gill says there are also Cubs who will soon be ready to progress, so find­ing some­one quickly has be­come im­por­tant.

The Scouts have had two in­terim lead­ers trav­el­ling from Mor­rinsville which Gill says was only a short-term op­tion, and this will dis­con­tinue as of tonight.

The two tem­po­rary Scout lead­ers are com­mit­ted to help­ing a new leader set­tle into the po­si­tion, if one can be found.

‘‘We won’t leave them in the lurch,’’ says Gill.

If a new leader can’t be found, the Scouts may con­tinue to travel to Pu­taruru, where the club is very ac­tive but Gill says this is not the most suit­able so­lu­tion.

‘‘It’s an op­tion and a band aid for now, but it’s not ideal to con­tinue this long term.’’

Scouts aren’t the only sec­tion af­fected by a lack of lead­er­ship. Both the Kea’s and Cubs also have va­can­cies.

Tabitha Brog­den takes the Keas (years one - three), Mau­reen Bob­bett looks af­ter the Cubs (years three - six), with Mar­lene Fisher float­ing be­tween the two sec­tions as she can.

There are 16 Cubs in Mata- mata, and oth­ers on a wait­ing list.

Gill says the more lead­ers there are the bet­ter it is for every­one.

‘‘It’s so much eas­ier to cope, the kids don’t get so bored and doesn’t seem so over­whelm­ing for just one leader.’’

The Scouts meet at the Scout hall on Broad­way, next to Centennial Drive.

Keas goes for one hour, with Cubs and Scouts go­ing for 90 min­utes per meet­ing.

Any­one in­ter­ested can con­tact com­mit­tee chair Jenny HarperWal­ton on 07 888 5333.

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