The first of two posts crying for people to help their community…
The Loddon Eye does not want to be the bearer of bad news here and as such this is not a comment on a local group in decline. Instead it is a call for help. If anyone thinks they may be interested in helping save the local Brownie group, or if you know anyone who would fancy giving it a go, then please help.
It does not matter if you have not had previous experience of Guiding or Scouting, you will receive all the help and support you need. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested then please call Alison on 01508 520169.
I’m just going to waffle on a little more about this as Scouting is something I feel I have a relevant personal perspective on. Scouting was always a part of my childhood and from my own personal experience I can tell you how rewarding it can be to be a part of such a local group. My father runs the Loddon 1st Cub Pack and he has been a part of the club ever since I became a Cub when I was 8 years old. He started as a parent helper, coming along and lending a hand ever Cub meeting, and before long he was a leader. I’m sure he would be the first to tell you just how easy it is to get into it, he had had no experience of running a local group or working with children and yet he fitted right in. I’ve seen how challenging dad has found it at times but it is also so incredibly rewarding. And I know that to have just one Cub come up at the end of an evening and tell my dad that they absolutely love coming to Cub’s makes it all worth it for him.
It is quite easy for local groups to slip away as they lose support. But they really do add a lot to the community. Aside from providing something rewarding and fun for children, they also bring a huge spirit to the area. Don’t believe me? Just have a look at this video of the Remembrance Day Parade.