Braithwaite parents set up new Scout Group

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A new Scout Group based at the Merlin Top Academy, Braithwaite was successfully launched on the 14th June.

This follows several months of preparation where mums and dads of young people who attend the Academy, have helped set up the group with assistance and guidance from local members of the Scouting Association.

Deputy District Commissioner Derek Wild was keen to help set up a new group in the area where there is a need for activities for younger children. Merlin Top’s head teacher Lesley Heathcote was extremely supportive of this

Parents have warmly welcomed the chance to volunteer and to help create a positive opportunity for their youngsters.  They said:

  • ‘It great that a long last there is something in the Braithwaite and Guardhouse area that my kids can join in, there was nothing for them to do’
  • ‘Wonderful!! It’s a chance for my son to mix with other children and make new friends’
  • I never did any Scouting, I wish I had and if you what somebody to help do a woodwork project, I’m always ready to help’

Earlier in the year, district Scouting representatives appealed to parents to become trained leaders and volunteers to help to run the Group.

Interest and support was overwhelming with a large number of young people wanting to join, also 7 parents and 4 members of staff willing to become leaders, helpers, or committee members.

The group has started with Beavers and Cub Scout sections aged between 6 and 9½ years old but it is hoped that this will later include Scouts.

Both Beaver and Cub Scout sections are currently full with over 45 young people now experiencing what Scouting has to offer, and already working towards awards and badges.

For more info contact Merlin Top Academy on 01535 210028.


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