Penhill Scouts go from strength to strength

By Barrie Hudson - 21 November 2023


A new Scout group has seen numbers triple in only two months.

Penhill Scouts opened their new section for girls and boys aged 10-14 with four members and there are now 12.

Recent activities included an evening when members found out about Diwali and made Diva Lamps. 

The evening also featured fireworks to celebrate Diwali and played games of Capture the Flag and Defend the Chair.

Badges were presented in the Air Activities, Air Spotter and Jamboree on the Internet categories.

John Paine, lead volunteer for the group, said: “I decided to set up a new Scout Group as I wanted there to be some activities the children could regularly attend and where they could have some fun. 

"We have attracted children who have never been involved in Scouts before and they are getting opportunities to do some new activities.

"We’ve got plans to go hiking, climbing, having a themed evening to celebrate St Andrew, obtain the do-it-yourself badge, have a hockey taster session, scuba diving and a visit to Warhammer.”

Scout Sean said: “It’s fun, adventurous and entertaining. I talk to my friends about the activities they do and I think some might join.” 

Fellow Scout Lilly added: “I like the games and the activities and I hope to get some badges.”

Adult volunteer Aaron said: “As a volunteer I’ve learnt new skills and developed others. These include gaining in confidence and getting opportunities to develop leadership skills.”

When John set up the Scouts, he also set up Squirrels (boys and girls aged 4 and 5) Beavers (boys and girls aged 6 to 8) and Cubs (boys and girls aged 8 to 10). Since the launch in September, they now have nearly 50 children enjoying regular fun activities. 

All who wish to now more about Penhill Scouts are welcome to contact John Paine on 01793703033 or at [email protected].



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