New look for Elm Scout group

Scout group work on derelict camp site at Elm - front from left: Tina and Jessica Wilson, Jamie Wales and Paul Collins. Behind: Nikki Parker (left) and Heidi Morgan.
Scout group work on derelict camp site at Elm - front from left: Tina and Jessica Wilson, Jamie Wales and Paul Collins. Behind: Nikki Parker (left) and Heidi Morgan.

A LOCAL Scout group has received a total overhaul, with a new name, new venue and new outlook.

The former 10th Wisbech Scout group has become the first group named for the new Fenland Scout district, becoming the 1st Fenland Elm, Emneth and Friday Bridge Scout group.

The new name is the icing on the cake for the group, which is preparing to re-launch after the summer break.

Scouts will also have a new venue to meet at, as leaders and volunteers have spent the summer bringing a derelict campsite back to life. They are in the process of building a new meeting hall which will open up the site and mean they can use the site for camping.

The remote campsite in Elm has stood untouched for the past 15 years but the group has been determined to bring it back and after hours of clearing debris, weeds and undergrowth, the site is almost finished.

Scout leader Paul Collins said: “A lot of groups meet in village halls and don’t have this kind of thing at their disposal. We’re trying to bring traditional Scouting with a modern twist.”

Cub leader Jess Wilson added: “The group has been very limited so far with what we have been able to do, as we have been renting the local village hall and cannot undertake all the activities we would like to.

“We are excited to have our own campsite and meeting place as there will be a lot more opportunity for the young people to experience what Scouting is really about.”

The 1st Fenland Scouts will have a particular interest in international Scouting and building links with other Scout groups from around the world.

Paul said: “We want to make people aware that we’re not just the Elm Scout group, we are part of a bigger organisation, a worldwide organisation.

“We intend to offer every Scout an unlimited sense of adventure and fun. Troop activities will range from rope-work, pioneering and camping skills to bush-craft, hiking, abseiling, shooting and much more. It’s an exciting time ahead for both Scouts and leaders.”

Although numbers for the groups are good, the leaders would still like to see more youngsters joining. There are vacancies in the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and more adult leaders would also be welcomed.

• For more information about joining 1st Fenland Scout Group, contact leader Jamie Wales on 07825-875838, Paul Collins on 07725-723781 or Cub leader Jess Wilson on 07851-920557.