A call has gone out for some willing volunteers, as help is urgently needed in order to keep the 1st Ness Cubs up and running.
With the current leader stepping down due to other commitments, the boys and girls, aged between seven and 11, need new leaders to take up to the challenge.
Kevin Donner has been running the Ness Cubs for the last four years and is urging people to consider taking over the group.
He said: “I have enjoyed running the Cubs and find it very rewarding. I can see the children who attend enjoy it too and get a lot out of it, you can really see them grow in confidence.”
Working with Dave Stokes, another adult helper and two youth leaders, one of whom is heading off island to university after the summer, more volunteers are needed as soon as possible.
“We are looking for volunteers to help out with Cubs, take over the organisational side of things, as well as starting Scouts and Explorers,” said Kevin.
“Cubs move on to Scouts when they are ten, then Explorers when they are 14. For the past five years they have had no where to move on to to carry on Scouting.”
Kevin is keen to continue his involvement with the Cubs, but with someone else taking over the main organisation.
The group meet every Tuesday during school term-time at the Ness Hall from 6.30pm to 8pm where they take part in lots of different activities and games depending on which badges they are working towards.
Kevin added: “The meeting starts with uniform inspection followed by the Grand Howl, this is the opening ceremony where Cubs promise to do their best, break and salute the flag.”
Cubs are an important part of the Scout Movement with children following The Balanced Programme set by The Scout Association which has six zones that form the basis of weekly activities.
There are also six challenge badges which can be worked towards. In summer months the Ness Cubs are often at Eoropie play park, at the beach or off on a hike.
The children are regularly visited by different people from the community including the Fire Service, Police, Save the Children and more; and some extra activities are sometimes planned for weekends such as hikes, district events, camps, kayaking at Lionel Pool and visits to local sites of interest.
Paula Chyzy, 1st South Lochs Cubs and Beavers Leader and Assistant District Commissioner Cubs Western Isles said being a leader was a rewarding experience: “As a leader there are lots of resources available on the Scout Association website that can help you plan your pack nights but a good imagination is also essential!”
She explained that there exciting times ahead for the Scout Movement as 2015 has been designated the Year of Adventure and 2016 is the Centenary year of Cub Scouting so there is lots going on.
She added that potential leaders shouldn’t be put off by the thought of lots of paperwork: “It can seem daunting at first but it is definitely worth it when you have a good pack night and everyone has enjoyed themselves.
“And of course there is also the existing network of experienced leaders to bounce ideas off so no one needs to feel alone.”
Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Kevin Donner on 07711446921 or contact Paula firstname.lastname@example.org