Scouting for a leader for Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens

Scout Australia Stan Woodrow, Cub Scout Lily Denton, Scout Hollee Denton, Parent Helper Kim Denton and Deputy Chairperson Group Support Committee Peter Denton. Photo supplied.
Scout Australia Stan Woodrow, Cub Scout Lily Denton, Scout Hollee Denton, Parent Helper Kim Denton and Deputy Chairperson Group Support Committee Peter Denton. Photo supplied.

Twenty eager youngsters have signed up to be Scouts in the Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest area, but at this stage that’s all they can do.

“The stumbling block we are coming up against is that there are no young adults putting up their hands to become Scout leaders,” Stan Woodrow from Scout Australia said.

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The Rotary Club of Myall Coast has been recognised by the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians for their work in supporting the re-forming of the Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens Scouting Group.

“But we need two leaders and they need to come from the local community,” Rotary’s Ian Mackenzie Smith told News Of The Area.

“Obviously, having someone who’s been a scout would be great as a leader but it’s not necessary.”

The Youth Service Award was presented to Rotary “for service exemplary of Rotary International’s commitment to youth throughout the world through cooperation between Rotary International and Scouting”.

Local tradesmen have donated their time and efforts to get the Scout Hall habitable again.

Rotary would like to appeal to the members Community to consider the benefits of having an organisation such as a Scout Troop available to the younger generation.

“The advantages of an experience like Scouting by providing an outdoor classroom with life skills and healthy exercise on the curriculum is immeasurable,” Ian said.

In summary, there’s 20 eager kids, there’s a Scout Hall, but no leaders.

‘Sadly, without adult involvement, it’s not going to happen,” Stan Woodrow said.

If anyone would like to find out more about what is involved in being a Scout Leader, please ring Neal Renfree on 49971586.

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