Beavers are back in Woodsetts!
A Rotherham Scout Group is celebrating the opening a new Beaver Scout Colony, and is on the look out for both new members and adult support.
The 27th Rotherham, based in Woodsetts, was formed in 1930 and has provided a diverse range of scouting activities for the local community for over 80 years.
In recent years, problems in recruiting adult leader support – vital to the day-to-day running of the group meant that it was forced to scale back the scouting activities available and led to the closure of both its Cub Scout and Beaver Scout sections.
Recognising that the group faced a very realistic possibility of closing completely, the Group successfully launched a recruitment drive to try and find adults willing to give up just a few hours each month to help it to provide scouting activities for the local community.
As a result of the work, the 27th has been able to re-open both its Cub Scout Pack and Beaver Scout Colony. The opening of the two new sections mean that it will once again be able to offer a full range of Scouting activities, suitable for children aged six upwards.
The new colony will be led by Alison Jenkinson and already the group is seeing lots of enquiries for new members. Such has been the success of the Colony that it is now looking for more adults willing to give up a few hours a month to help with the running of the colony.
Assistant District Commissioner for Rotherham District Scout Association, Mat Beesley said:
“Demand from children wanting to be a Cub, Scout and Beaver has never really gone away, but like many groups Woodsetts has struggled in recent years to obtain the vital adult support needed to supervise activities. The re-opening of both the Cub Scout Pack and Beaver Scout Colony is a real success story and means that once again, children living in Woodsetts and its surrounding areas can now enjoy a full range of Scouting activities which are available on their doorstep.
“In fact, such has been the demand for places in the group, that we are now looking for more adult help in order to allow the sections to grow further.”
Woodsetts Beaver Scout Colony is open to children aged between six and eight, and the Cub Scouts is open to children aged between eight and ten and a half. The groups meet on +Monday evenings at Woodsetts Methodist Church, Gildingwells Road, Woodsetts. To find out more about scouting in your local area, or find your nearest group visit: www.scouts.org.uk/join or call 0845 300 1818 to join the adventure.