Scouts could fold without new leaders

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One of the oldest scout groups in the country could be forced to close if more volunteers do not step forward.

The 1st Sandy Scouts Troup was formed in 1908, the year after Robert Baden-Powell formed the scouting movement.

But the only scout troup in Sandy may be forced to close in the New Year if it cannot recruit new leaders before Christmas.

The troup needs a minimum of one new scout leader and two assistant scout leaders in order to continue.

Andrew Woods, leader of 1st Sandy Scout Group – the group in charge of the town’s scouts, cubs and beavers, explained what any potential recruits would have in store.

He said: “They will have to look after about 20 11 to 14-year-old boys and girls and take them to activities such as camping, climbing and canoeing.”

The scout troup itself is popular with the youngsters and thriving but several leaders and assistants have had to leave over the last 18 months.

The leaders can decide their own programme of activities with input from the children.

The group meets every Friday from 7pm to 9pm in the Sandy Scout Headquarters in Sunderland Road.

However other activities can be organised outside this time as appropriate.

Andrew, who is temporarily running the group alongside assistant group scout leader, Tom Thompson, said that it is difficult to get people to make such a big commitment.

The pair ran the troup together 25 years ago but they do not feel they can take it up permanently once again.

The new leaders do not need any experience and they will be given training before they are let loose.

They will have to be CRB checked and they must be 18 years of age or older.

Anyone who can help should call Andrew on 01767 682979.