‘Save our beaver scout group’ plea

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A beaver scout group in Spalding is threatened with closure unless a new leader can be found.

Members of the 4th Spalding Scouts in Monks House Lane need someone to run their teatime sessions because work commitments mean the current leaders are leaving.

Cub leader Christine Gratton said helping provides hours of fun for a willing volunteer.

She said: “There are lots of fun activities, but it’s also about the reward of seeing children develop and friendship through meeting new people.

“No experience is required and full training will be given.”

The beaver scout group currently has 12 members aged six to eight, but there is a waiting list.

Mrs Gratton said: “The scout group itself is very successful, with between 50 and 60 boys and girls, but we’ve kept the numbers of beavers down because we were worried about the situation with leaders.

“We are just hoping there is someone out there interested in becoming a leader.

“If not we will have to close the group.”

Beaver scouts belong to the first and youngest section in the scouting family.

Among the activities a new leader in Spalding could find themselves organising are toasting marshmallows at the Pecks Drove campsite, crafts and badge work.

The group meets at the Monks House Lane scout headquarters on Tuesdays from 5pm to 6pm.

Anyone interested in being a leader can contact Mrs Gratton by calling 07568098846.