'Point ‘prepared’ for scouts return
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
IT was once every young boy's dream; heading off to unknown territory, pitching a tent, living off the land and exploring the wild splendour of nature - and now scouting could return once again to Warrenpoint after a decade in the wilderness.
The First Warrenpoint Scout Group ceased existing over 10 years ago due to dwindling numbers - but plans are afoot to resurrect scouting in the seaside town.
A meeting will take place next Thursday (February 28) at St Peter's Pastoral Centre at 7.30pm for anyone interested in taking up leadership and management roles.
“As an organisation we are always trying to give more young people around Ireland the opportunity to experience scouting," said Sinclair Trotter, Group Support Facilitator, Northern Province, Scouting Ireland.
“We are considering the possibility of re-opening a Scout Group in Warrenpoint, and to this end we need to recruit adults to take on leadership and management roles.
“No previous experience in scouting is required as we have a comprehensive training system that all our volunteers are required to participate in, to allow them to become effective enablers in our movement.
“If anyone would like to hear more about how we operate and how they may be able to help, they would be most welcome to join us for the evening."
Commenting on the benefits of scouting for young people, Mr Trotter added: "Scouting is a really well known community based youth organisation, teaching young people the values of self-respect and respect for others, whilst also giving them a grounding in many basic life skills which will stand them in good stead for the future.
“We have a member led programme which encourages young people to set themselves challenges and work in peer groups to achieve their goals.
“Outdoor activities feature in much of our programme helping to ensure that young people are kept fit and active.
“Our Scout programme has a direct link to Duke of Edinburgh / President's Awards, something really worthwhile for a young person to achieve."
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