Scouts reach out in bid to attract new members

Pupils at St Mary's Primary School in Boston have enjoyed Scouting taster sessions.
Pupils at St Mary's Primary School in Boston have enjoyed Scouting taster sessions.

Children from Eastern Europe and different ethnic groups in the Boston area are being encouraged to join their local Scout group.

Boston and District Scout Association has successfully piloted a series of taster sessions for young people in Boston.

The action follows national work undertaken by the Scout Association to promote greater access to scouting from young people of all backgrounds.

A team of five led by deputy district commissioner Dave May have been working with Donna Hesnan, a teacher at St Mary’s School in Boston, to promote membership of Scouts to the young pupils.

Mr May said: “The aim is to encourage young people from the many different ethnic groups that attend the school to become part of the scouting movement. As a result a number of young people with Eastern European backgrounds have joined the taster sessions alongside youngsters whose background is British.”

Twenty boys and girls have been taking part and have learnt about the Cub/Scout promise and values and been given opportunities to take part in pack/troop night taster activities. These include doing knots, craft activities and making a tripod with broom handles and ropes.

A number of the youngsters have already asked to join local groups when the taster sessions are finished.

Mr May added: “The enthusiasm of the young people is clearly there and we have a mixture of young people which was the aim of the pilot.

“Scouting is truly international and we want to work closely with youngsters from all backgrounds as a district.

“Our team of adults is also enjoying a different angle on scouting and I would like to pay tribute to their efforts, as they are giving up their leisure time to help young people.”

Rob Johnson, district commissioner for Boston, said: “Our district is committed to working with the wider community to promote the benefits of scouting and the development of young people and also enhance community cohesion.”

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