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Lostwithiel Scouts face closure without new leaders

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 25, 2014

  • FACING CLOSURE: Lynette Berry and the Beavers, who are desperate for a new leader to come forward.

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FIFTY years of Scouting in Lostwithiel is in jeopardy due to a lack of leaders.

The Beavers will be without a leader from Easter, and group Scout leader Alec Poulding is also giving up his role in the near future.

Now, an appeal has been made for people to come forward to qualify as leaders, preferably people who live in the town, otherwise the Scouting movement could end its links with Lostwithiel after half a century.

Those currently in charge of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are all members of the same Par family.

Lynette Berry, who has led the young Beavers since 2009, said she could no longer continue in the role.

Mrs Berry said: "I come from Par every week to lead the Beavers but I will be giving it up at Easter because I've had no help from anyone who is trained to run the sessions, and I've decided to stop.

"Parents do come along to offer their help but we really need trained leaders.''

The Cub pack is thriving, and is led by Mrs Berry's husband Peter, who comes to the Scout Hall twice a week to take sessions with both the Cubs and Scouts. He is staying on to oversee the 21 youngsters who make up the Cub pack.

Alec Poulding said although the Cubs were in good shape, if the Beavers and Scouts were to fold, the Cub pack would also be in trouble.

"There would be no continuity for the youngsters to progress and step up, because it's natural for Beavers to become Cubs, who then go on to become Scouts.

"I've been involved in the movement for 20 years and I now need to spend more time with my family," he said.

"We have 14 Scouts at present, and someone needs to come along and take the group to its next level.

"Ideally the Scouts need three leaders but they must have two.

"I actually said two years ago that I wanted to give up leading the group but I have stayed on because no one else has come forward.

"But now I'm currently training up a chap from Lostwithiel to become a leader but it also needs another person to come forward to do the job," said Mr Poulding.

Scouting movement leaders gain vocational qualifications as part of their training, including in first aid.

If anyone is willing to become a Beaver or Scout leader, they are asked to contact Mr Poulding via e-mail at ajpmini@hotmail.com

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