Christchurch Scouts were excited to celebrate the opening of their first Squirrels Section at Hurn in April. 22nd Christchurch (Hurn) Air Scout Group are the first in the area to open a Squirrels Dray for children aged 4 and 5. This is a new section from the Scouts and the new Squirrels are joining over 300 other Squirrel Dreys around the country with over 3,000 youngsters taking part. They were joined by Cllr Mrs Sue Bungey, Mayor of Christchurch and others in the area to watch the new Squirrels building mini campfires, singing and enjoying their opening party with cake. “It’s very exciting to see Scouting grow in Christchurch and now reach even more young people in our communities. With the help of our wonderful adult volunteers, we are expecting this to the first of many openings” said Frances Fawcett, Deputy District Commissioner for Christchurch Scouts. “The Group at Hurn is thriving with strong membership in all it’s existing Sections of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Adding Squirrels shows the Group going from strength to strength.” Scouts are happy to hear from anyone with youngsters wishing to join them, and especially from adults interested in volunteering. Chris Bishop, Deputy Group Scout Leader says “As a growing diverse group we are in need of additional adult volunteers whether on the committee, section assistants or new leaders. DBS and training is provided and we give our team lots of help and support along the way. It’s a great way to help your community, pass on your skills to others and gain new skills along the way. Its also a great way to boost your CV”.
If you think volunteering is for you and you would like some more information, contact the Group Scout Leader, Oli Micklefield. (firstname.lastname@example.org)