Patrol Leader Training & A Call For Help

At the end of July, 3 Patrol Leaders and 3 Assistant Patrol leaders are off on a weekend adventure; a Patrol Leader training course with a difference. Supervised by the leader they will be spending time afloat on the Grand Union Canal aboard a 72ft long narrow boat called ‘Star’.

For 48 hours they will need to work together to safely steer the boat, negotiate 17 locks, including the deepest lock on the Grand union Canal and all this whilst still providing their own meals. Following this adventure we hope they will provide the next contribution to this magazine. Watch this space for a detailed account of the adventure.

As I sit writing this article, I wonder over the future of the Scout Troop to which I have been the Leader for many years now. The Troop currently consists of both boys and girls all aged between 10 and 14. We have a regular attendance of 18 young people and take part in a variety of activities, from whittling with knives, to survival exercises in the local woodland. All in all Scouting in Andoversford seems to be as popular as ever. The problem the Troop now faces is the lack of a Cub section, the 8 to 10 year old young people of Andoversford and its surrounding villages are missing out. This in turn will have a knock on effect. We have a thriving Beaver section catering for 6 to 8 year olds but at the end of their time at Beavers these children have no choice but to find an alternative group to provide them with the continuation of their scouting as our group currently is running with no Cub Pack. There is certainly still an interest from the young people but they need a leader, they need an adult / a group of adults who can commit some time to running regular meetings, help them through the huge range of activities / badges and adventures that scouting should be offering. The lack of a section between Beaver and Scouts concerns me, but the whole Scout group cannot be run from one house!

We need help; we need help to keep the momentum of Scouting in Andoversford. Early next year will bring around a significant miles stone for this Scout group; we ought to be celebrating 50 years of Scouting in Andoversford.
If you have any time at all that you can spare to lead, assist or just share one skill with a group of young people, Scouting in Andoversford needs you.

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