By LES STRONG
THE scout year is in full swing again at Old Beach and with the renewed support and encouragement of the Brighton Council, it seems things can only get better.
The only downside is John McDonald’s relinquishment of his role as scout leader due to family reasons.
John has been the backbone of the group from its inception. As one of the original founders, he took the idea of establishing scouts in Brighton and ran with it, working tirelessly seeking out new scouts, raising much-needed funds and cultivating the partnership with the Brighton Council that has culminated in the present meeting place and storage facility at Jetty Road.
Without John’s efforts, Old Beach Scout Group would not be the vibrant community focused organisation it is today.
Old Beach Scout Group now runs three sections catering for children from six to The Joey section, which focuses on nature, caring and sharing and offers activities including crafts, singing and games within a friendly structured environment for the six to eight year olds. It will be recommencing in term two on Monday nights from 5pm To 6pm, with Kelly back again as leader after a long absence due to illness.
The cub section which runs from 6pm to 7.30 pm on Wednesdays, continues to go from strength to strength under the leadership of Xavier.
A cub’s life is designed to prepare them, within a framework of teamwork, for the outdoor world of adventure that awaits them when they graduate to scouts.
This year the scout section which runs from 6.15 to 8.15pm Mondays, will see leadership pass from John to Heidi.
Scouts are where the real adventure starts with camping, hiking, outdoor activities and sports. They are taught survival and life skills that not only aim to create independent minds but also encourages them to become grounded members of the community.
To be a scout is to belong to a family that cares for each and every one of its members equally, a family that always strives to do its best.
So it’s another full steam ahead year for scouting at Old Beach which means another year of fun, friendship and excitement for the children who participate, watched over by totally committed, fully trained and vetted leaders.
Should you believe your child might like to participate in this fun, learning organisation, please feel free to bring them along.
The first two meetings are at no cost or obligation and parents are welcome to stay and check it out.
Finally, if you would like more information about the fun world of scouting then please contact one of the following leaders.
For information on Joeys aged six to eight ring Kelly on 0408 073 237, on Cubs aged 7 ½ to 10 ½ ring Jamie on 0437 737 761 and on scouts aged 10 ½ to 15, ring Heidi on 0407 811 229. And remember, scouting is not just for little kids.
Big kids are also welcome to come along, join in, help out, and watch their children grow.
People interested in becoming volunteer leaders are also always welcome to apply.