New Scout pack to start in Skegby following demand boom

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NMAC12-0249-2''Ist Huthwaite Cubs

A SCOUTING boom in Ashfield means that a new Scout group is to be set up in Skegby to meet the demand for places from local youngsters.

The village’s Scout group closed down a few years ago because of a lack of interest, but plans to restart it were announced following a surge in the number of children in Ashfield who want to become a Beaver, Cub or Scout.

Neighbouring groups have had to form waiting lists and that has meant that kids from those areas have not been able to join their local pack straight away.

Kathryn Wills, district commissioner for Ashfield, said: “The reason we have gone back to Skegby is because we had high demand in Sutton and Huthwaite in particular.

“We held a couple of taster sessions to see what the response would be and we have had over 50 young people and over 25 adult volunteers attend.

“It was a fantastic response.”

The taster sessions were for six to 10 year olds and organisers hope that the high number of boys and girls who turned up means that two Beaver colonies can be created.

A number of over 10s also attended and a new Scout group may also be started quicker than originally thought.

Kathryn said that they hope to have the groups, which will be based at the Scout Hut on Mansfield Road, Skegby, up and running by Easter.

She thinks that the appeal of Scouts is the range of different activities they offer, while the high profile backing by adventurer Bear Grylls and Kate Middleton has helped boost volunteer numbers.

“It’s a challenge and an adventure,” she added.

Matt Rooney, head of Nottinghamshire Scouts, said that it was ‘really positive news’ for Scouting in Skegby.

“Scouting in Ashfield is doing really, really well,” he said. “It’s not a surprise because we have been growing for six or seven years, and Scouting is really popular.”

Mr Rooney added that it is good news for the future of Scouting in Skegby, with youngsters who join at six or seven often staying with the organisation throughout their teenage years and then going on to become leaders themselves.

To find out where your local Scout group is held, contact 0115 9523617.