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Scouting for your potential

It is many years since I was in the Scouts, but I remember it as a time of making good friends and learning new skills that have remained with me.

It may be over 100 years since BadenPowell founded the Scouts, but the movement is as popular as ever in the UK. Every year, almost half a million boys and girls aged 6 to 14 (and beyond) enjoy new adventures, experience the outdoors, and are given opportunities to help them reach their full potential. The current popularity may also have something to do with the fact that Chief Scout is Bear Grylls, and astronaut Major Tim Peake was recently appointed the latest ambassador.

One of the things I most remember about being in the Scouts is the badges. The traditional badges, covering activities such as first aid and orienteering, are still there to be achieved, but one or two of the newer badges may surprise you – circus skills and dragon boating anyone?! The World Faiths and Environmental Conservation badges also show how the movement is keeping up with the times.

All the activities are made possible through the hard work and dedication of the adult volunteers who support the Scouts in a wide range of roles. And it is clearly very rewarding, as over 90% of volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.

Some of the activities the Barrow Scouts have been doing recently include night hiking at Bradgate Park, a Mud Run, karting, snorkelling, paintballing, world projects such as investigating where clothes come from, and attending the Remembrance Day service.

Subscriptions pay for many of the standard activities, but fundraising helps towards some of the bigger adventures. This year the Scouts are raising funds to help contribute towards trips to international camps in Norfolk and Switzerland next year.

The Scouts will be offering a Xmas wrapping service in the Scout Hut on Sunday 17th December from noon until 4pm (costs from just £1). This is in addition to the normal Scout Xmas postal service that will be available between 1st and 16th December at 25p a stamp. Look out for the post boxes in the Co-op, the library, the Scout Hut, and Fur and Feather.

Barrow Scouts always need more helpers, and there are many roles available, so if you want to help the young people in the village be the best that they can be, please email: scouts@barrowscouts.org

Jerry Sykes