Historic Scout group needs help

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A Wisbech Scout Group, which has been running for 80 years, has issued an SOS for support.

The 2nd Wisbech Scout Group faces closure if it cannot attract more young people and leaders.

In an appeal to the Citizen, chairman Graham Moore explains this lack of support means the Scout section faces closure and other sections are also teetering on the brink.

“Current leaders, volunteers and helpers are making a significant effort to keep the 
group alive but further assistance will be required to maintain a strong long-term future,” said Mr Moore.

He added: “initially, the group is in need of new leaders to run and assist with meetings for Beavers, aged six to eight, and Cubs, aged eight to ten-and-a-half, and organise activities but young people are also required to make the group viable.”

As 2012 is a big year for celebrations with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 
London Olympics, the group is hoping people will rally round.

The group, which has a proud history, is based at the Fenland District HQ buildings off Oldfield Lane and is the oldest of the three remaining in Wisbech.

Scouting helps young people achieve their physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential and offers the chance to take part in many activities such as map work, camping, wall climbing, first aid etc.

“It provides a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together regardless of background to learn new skills, try new activities and experiences. It’s also about having fun with good friends of all ages,” said Mr Moore.

Volunteers from all backgrounds, age groups and abilities are welcome - whatever your skills and interests and whatever time you have to spare. Volunteering can be arranged to fit around a busy lifestyle.

If you can help, contact 07526143551.