Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Can you help the scouts, cubs or joeys?


THE booming interest in scouting in the Derwent Valley has led to the need for additional leaders. Jo-anne Pursell from the New Norfolk Scouts said a recent recruiting drive had been a huge success but the spinoff was that additional adult helpers were needed.

"We had a great response from new families wishing to get their children into Scouts which was fantastic, however we drastically need new leaders," Jo-anne told the New Norfolk News. Volunteering as a Scout, Cub or Joey leader provides great opportunities to:
  • Encourage, mentor and empower young people to be their best
  • Contribute to the local community
  • Rediscover adventure yourself
  • Involve your whole family in new adventure together
  • Have fun
  • Challenge yourself
  • Get active
  • Learn new skills
  • Be appreciated
  • Meet people with similar values
  • Gain recognised leadership and management qualifications
  • Travel within Australia and overseas

Scout, Cub and Joey leaders come from all walks of life, from parents of scouts, to childhood cubs and scouts and people with no scouting experience at all. No particular skills or qualifications are needed other than a commitment to helping with the provision of programs for their scout troop, cub pack or joey mob. Scouts Australia helps leaders by providing all necessary training and support.

Leader training is provided through the Scouts Australia Institute of Training, which delivers nationally-recognised VET qualifications in leadership and management. Leaders generally need to commit to group meetings one night per week during school terms, a monthly leaders’ meeting and a few weekends a year for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping trips.

For more information email jo-anne.pursell@bigpond.com or call 0400 539 315.

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