By GWEN HARPER*
MOST adults will agree that children between five and seven years are pretty irresistible. It’s that wonderful age when kids wriggle and skip when they’re happy, when they stare at you with huge wondrous eyes and a grin full of teeny-tiny teeth. For this age group, the world is exciting and everything new is to be explored and enjoyed. Story-telling and singing is a normal part of everyday life; and (let’s face it, some pretty dodgy) craft-work is an immense source of pride.
Old Beach Joey Scouts is all about this, and more. The goal of any Joey mob is to introduce children to the natural world, but also to introduce them to their community. Old Beach Joey Scouts learn to HOP (Help Other People) by being involved in community service activities such as Dining With Friends, National Tree Planting Day and Clean Up Australia Day. Our Joey Mob also go on adventures to the South Pole (Mawsons Hut), help out in emergencies (visit an ambulance station) or even solve a crime by visiting the Police Academy.
Both Cub Scouts (eight to 10 years) and Scouts (11-15 years) have comprehensive programs to follow, using games and activities that get the children to learn and practice outdoor, first aid, safety and self-care skills. The Joey program, for five to seven years, is more about encouraging creative expression, learning how to share and care, and look after other people as well as the environment. Joeys are introduced to native birds, animals and plants and will start to develop an understanding on ways we can reduce our environmental impact. Joeys will even have an option to do a sleepover at our annual group camp, an important and fun first for developing independence.
Old Beach Scouts are lucky to be able to welcome two new trainee Joey Scout Leaders, Clare Gillie and Carolina Corvalan, so there will be opportunities for new children to join starting in term two. Children are offered a four-week trial period without having to pay any joining fees, but please remember the minimum age is five years – children must have had their fifth birthday and be eligible for full-time school (prep here in Tasmania not kindergarten), so be born on January 1, 2014 or before.
Our Joeys Scouts are equally split between boys and girls and runs on Wednesday nights between 6pm and 7pm at the Scout Hall, Cloak Oval, Old Beach.
Our older sections, Cub Scouts and Scouts, are currently fully subscribed, and we are actively seeing volunteer assistant leaders so we can accept more children. Volunteers do not need to be experienced (training provided), but do need to be reliable, attentive, cheerful and have a can-do attitude – as this is the role model we set for the children. These volunteer roles are very rewarding, not just for the social element and fun activities, but also for the value they add to a resume.
To find out more about Old Beach Scout Group, to go on the waiting list, or to view their volunteer opportunities, visit our Facebook page ‘Old Beach Scout Group’.
*Gwen Harper is acting Joey Scout Leader
- The goal of any Joey group is to introduce children to the natural world, but also to introduce them to their community.