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Leaderless scouts face bleak future

THE First Huskisson Scouts, if they don’t get a new leader soon, facea grim future.

If they don’t get a scout leader the group can’t operate and will have to close.

The group’s scout leader recently left the area and theynow needsomeone else to take on this rewarding role.

Nic Shaw is one of the 18 scouts facing an uncertain future and he just hopes someone can become the group’s new leader.

“It will be sad it we if don’t geta scout leader,” he said.

The 14-year-old said being a scoutwas fantastic and he had learnt a lot ofbush craft skills and made many friends.

No leader also means the group’s 10 cubs cannot progress up the ranks to become scouts.

Corey Simpson, a 10-year-old cub, wants to stay with the Huskisson group.

“I don’t want to leave and I have made so many friends here,” Corey said.

First Huskisson Scouts group leader Valda Heggie said it would upset her and many families if the group had to fold.

“Nobody wants leave us,” Mrs Heggie said.

She said one family had three children in the club and they just wanted to stay with the First Huskisson group.

Mrs Heggie said being a scout leader is a vital and rewarding role.

The type of the person they are looking for needs to enjoy being with teenagers and loves outdoor activities like camping and canoeing.

“Our children are all good and respectful people and nice to be with,” Mrs Heggie said.

Training is provided and paid for by the scouts.

Mrs Heggie said the new scout leader would get lots of support and did not have to be a former scout.

She can be contacted on 0408 481 947.

Scout leaders just need to allocate one night a week for the group meeting during school term time.

They will also need to attend group activities like bush walks or camping trips on a few weekends a year.

Also attendance at a monthly meeting of leaders is required.

Leaders are given training and support by other leaders from Scouts Australia and are given resources of program ideas.

There is training in all aspects of youth leadership, program planning, safety and other requirements.

Leaders can help children take part in a healthy activity.

One parent said scouts was like a digital detox as no phones or appliances were allowed.

Children learn life skills such as independent thinking, leadership and problem solving skills, social interaction and responsibility.

Meanwhile, the First Nowra Scouts is also running short of leaders.

Bernie Smith 4421 7015 and Kath Cain 4448 5450 are the contacts for the First Nowra Scouts.

PLEASE HELP US: Corey Simpson, Nic Shaw, Zara Capner and Ryan Kelso hope a new leader will join the Huskisson Scouts because they don’t want to leave the group.

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