Scouts on wait­ing list as more lead­ers are sought

All you need is a sense of fun and ad­ven­ture, says com­mis­sioner

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Laerke Chris­tensen

Ash­ford Scouts have put out a call to ac­tion af­ter the or­gan­i­sa­tion was forced to put more than 100 young­sters on its wait­ing lists due to a lack of vol­un­teer lead­ers.

The district has more than 1,000 mem­bers aged six to 18 and is look­ing to grow but is fac­ing a chal­lenge due to lack of Scout helpers and lead­ers.

Jon Rose, District Com­mis­sioner for de­vel­op­ment, said: “As Ash­ford is con­tin­u­ing to grow we need more lead­ers and helpers. I see re­cruit­ing adults as our big­gest chal­lenge both to­day and for the fu­ture.

“The re­wards of be­ing a leader are fan­tas­tic, for ex­am­ple see­ing a young per­son try a new skill or phys­i­cal chal­lenge and suc­ceed­ing is great.

“We of­fer a whole range of vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties which are flex­i­ble and can be made to fit in with life­styles that are them­selves vari­able.

“A lot of peo­ple think you have to have some pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence or spe­cial skills to be­come a leader.

“In fact, all you need is a sense of fun and ad­ven­ture and you will be pro­vided with any train­ing you need – for free.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing with Ash­ford District Scouts can ap­ply us­ing the form at www.ad­scouts.org. uk or via scouts.org.uk/join.

The Scouts are ap­peal­ing for more helpers and lead­ers

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