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Scouts take off at Belmont Castle Academy

A NEW Cub Scout pack has recently opened up at Belmont Castle Academy and is already near capacity. The Cub pack for boys and girls aged eight to 10 ½ attracted 26 young people and six adult volunteers within a matter of weeks of starting up in the middle of September.

Last week Graham Monk, lead volunteer for Thurrock Scouts, took the opportunity to present all the young people and adult volunteers with their Group scarves. All the adult volunteers are either teachers or teaching assistants at the Academy. The section was set up as a result of some funding from the Department for Education.

Hannah Nowak aged 9 said: “Being in Cubs I’ve made some new friends and have a fun time every week. We’ve made clocks and had a tea party to which all of the parents/carers were invited. In a few weeks’ time we are going on a sleepover which will be really exciting.” When asked what it was like to be one of 550,000 Scouts in the United Kingdom, she said, “Very proud.”

Lesley Mowat, a teacher at the Academy and one of the adult volunteers said: “It’s great to see the young people in a non formal environment. They can also be individuals and it brings people in the community together.”

Graham Monk said: “Opening a new Cub Pack at the Academy has increased the opportunities for young people to be involved with Scouts. The children have a great time and will benefit from the extended non formal education that Scouting provides.”

Scouting is open to boys and girls aged six to 18 and provides over 200 activities from abseiling to zorbing. Over the last ten years the number of people involved has increased every year.

The programme has been refreshed this year where the young people involved in Scouting had a greater say in what they liked about Scouting.

For further information about joining Scouts, as a young person or adult volunteer, please visit www.scouts.org.uk/get-involved or phone 0845 300 1818.

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