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Winter 2010



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Save our Scouts!

We are really lucky in this village to have a thriving Scout Group. We have boys from the age of 6 to 14 who attend Beavers, Cubs and Scouts one night a week, enjoying all types of fun and life-developing activities which the Scout Association has to offer. All of our Leaders give up their free time every week to set up and run a diverse program of activities and are all trained to the highest level that is expected and they do this on a voluntary basis.

Scouting is and has been a key community activity within the village for over 50 years and is evident at our most formal community events such as the memorial parade and the Christmas carol service. Also, to help with the fund raising, the group has been running a Christmas card postal service for many years.

However, we do have a serious problem which if ignored could result in the closure of our Scout Group. As with any organisation, Barrow Scouts are required to have a Group Executive Committee (GEC), which is responsible for the maintenance of property and equipment; the raising of funds and the administration of finance; the insurance of persons, property and equipment; representing the group at public occasions and assisting with the recruitment of Leaders and other adult support. An important point to note is that the Group Executive is not only concerned with administration but also with how the group is regarded in public.

Despite numerous letters to parents, the GEC has barely the legal number of members to fulfil the above duties. Our present Chairman Trevor Ranson, will be posting out a letter to all parents informing them of the situation and asking them for support. Ideally there should be a parent from each section in the Group on the GEC. If we fail to get this support, then there is the potential that after 50 years our Scout Group could end.

I am sure that the majority of our readers would be saddened to see the end of scouting in our village not least our 100 or so young people who enjoy what Barrow Scout Group has to offer on a weekly basis. We are looking for as much help as possible to ensure that Scouting in Barrow We are really lucky in this village to have a thriving Scout Group. We have boys from the age of 6 to 14 who attend Beavers, Cubs and Scouts one night a week, enjoying all types of fun and life-developing activities which the Scout Association has to offer. All of our Leaders give up their free time every week to set up and run a diverse program of activities and are all trained to the highest level that is expected and they do this on a voluntary basis. Save our Scouts! continues for at least another 50 years. We are looking for parents to help with the running of the Group and support from our community with fund raising initiatives which will go towards the day to day running. We are also looking to recruit a Group Scout Leader, so if you have been involved with Scouts in the past or are interested in becoming involved, please contact our Chairman for more information on this or any other involvement in the Group.

We will be offering our Xmas Postal Service again this year. Please look out for the posters and post boxes at Fur and Feathers, The Paper Shop and the library, where you can purchase stamps and drop off your cards.

Like to know more about how you can help? Contact Trevor Ranson on
trevran@globalnet.co.uk