Scouts group to be formed at Hawk Nest

Hawks Nest / Tea Gardens Progress Association has entered into a partnership of support with the district Scout group in a venture to reintroduce Scouting for children in our area.

Stan Woodrow with Trevor Jennings.
Stan Woodrow with Trevor Jennings.

The old Scout Hall, behind the tennis courts in Hawks Nest, has not been used for decades and is in need of renovation.

Progress Association President Trevor Jennings said they are committed to assisting the Scouts in this work and giving children a safe and friendly venue for ‘out-of-the-house’ activities.

Mr Jennings recently met with the District Commissioner for Scouts in our area, Stan Woodrow.

Mr Jennings said, “You may have noticed the many ‘Join the Scouts’ signs around town.”

“I hope that parents will note the signs and consider enrolling their children in the very exciting activity of Scouting,” he said.

Scouting is education for life, it complements the school and family, filling needs not met by either.

Scouting develops self-knowledge and the need to explore, and to discover as much about themselves as well as the world and the environment around them.

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Scouts of all ages have a lot of fun, and it is fun with a purpose. Through recreation, Scouting achieves its purpose of helping young people develop physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

Myall Coast News spoke to the District Commissioner for Scouts, Stan Woodrow. He said, “It is all about building confidence and self-esteem, learning important life skills and leadership skills, team building, outdoor activities, education and fun.”

“The whole purpose is for kids to learn about themselves… but have fun along the way.”

Mr Woodrow said, “Scouts can do things for kids that parents just cant do… and that’s with all high and due respect for parents.”

“Scouts learn how to accept responsibility for their actions so that they are prepared for their adult life as independent persons,” he said.

Scouting covers the age range of 6 to 18 years, so the programs, activities and games have to vary.

Canoeing, rafting, surfing or even snow skiing and flying. Carving or canyoning or abseiling.

Cook on a camp stove and sleep under the stars.

The age range of 6 to 18 is separated into four age sections. From 6 to 8 years they are known as Joey Scouts and 8 to 11 years are known as Cub Scouts.

Mr Woodrow is very pleased with the support from the local Progress Association, “It’s absolutely fantasic to see the community get behind Scouts.”

“I only this morning spoke with Barry Whiteman from the RSL Sub Branch who has also offered a donation of the Australian Flag,” said Mr Woodrow.

Stan Woodrow and Trevor Jennings
Stan Woodrow and Trevor Jennings

Progress Association President Trevor Jennings is urging the community to get behind this venture.

“Parents and their children can enroll in our own new Scout group by calling 1300 858 464.”

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