Scouting about Stawell

STAWELL - Children and adults alike are counting down to the reintroduction of Scouts in Stawell with information sessions receiving a healthy response from members of the community.

According to Western Region Commissioner Jon Peart, 29 children have been signed up so far with 15 adults expressing initial interest in volunteering as leaders.

Mr Peart said the reintroduction of Scouts into the community was progressing well.

"It really promises to be an exciting period ahead with great interest being shown by people wanting to see the return of Scouts in the community," he said.

Some of the adult volunteers have begun the new year with specialist training and will be equipped with the skills to lead and even use the online learning facility.

Information sessions were held at the end of 2013, with those who ran the meetings providing attendees with a mix of entertainment for the children and information for parents about Scouting.

One night children took advantage of attractions including jumping castles and a climbing wall with rope making proving just as popular with the more mature aged participants as the young.

Scouting provides a fun, adventure filled program of activities to give girls and boys life skills, confidence and a sense of belonging. It provides an excellent and safe environment for social interaction with peers and other adults.

Children are shown the importance of both competitive and non-competitive activities that include weekly physical and problem solving activities in the Scout Hall.

They also take part in outdoor adventures such as water sports, cooking, bush walking, aerial challenges and camping.

Joey Scouts are for children aged between five and seven, Cub Scouts for ages eight to 10, Scouts for 10-14, Venturers 14-17 and Rovers 18-25.

Mr Peart said another information session would be held in-line with the beginning of the school year with Scouts sessions expected to commence with the start of term two.

Scouts are still taking entries, for more information contact District Commissioner Ann Pearce 0409 212 449 or dc.wimmera@vicscouts.asn.au

Check out some photos from the information evening at our online gallery here: http://www.stawelltimes.com.au/multimedia/ 

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