Celebrating 90 years of adventure

In 1924 King George V was on the throne, the Met Office issued its first Shipping Forecast and the Sunday Express became the first newspaper to publish a crossword. And in Lady Bay a small group was established that would go on to shape the lives of hundreds of boys in the community over the next nine decades.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the 1st Lady Bay Scouts has grown into a dynamic, forward-thinking group run by dedicated volunteers, while retaining the traditional scouting values of friendship and adventure at its core.

It is now aiming to mark this momentous milestone by securing the future of the group for the next 90 years to come by recruiting enthusiastic new leaders to join its existing Scout team.

1st Lady Bay Scouts Akela, Elaine Clarke, said: “Our group has Scouts, Cubs and Beavers – but we’re particularly looking for dynamic, bright leaders to join our Scout section to help make a difference to the lives of boys aged 10-13. We meet every Thursday in the Scout Hut on Mona Road, so we’re just looking for a couple of hours of your time.

“You don’t have to have lots of experience as you will be working with other leaders who have been developing their knowledge and skills over a few years. Plus, we’ll give you all the training you need through the supportive network of the national Scout Association. You’ll develop transferable skills that will help you in all aspects of everyday life.”

Based out of the Scout Hut on Mona Road in Lady Bay, the Group is made up of Beavers (aged 6 to 8), Cubs (aged 8 to 10) and Scouts (aged 10 to 13), offering all age groups the opportunity to learn through fun activities and outdoor adventure.

Akela added: “Volunteers need to be a good role model and comfortable working with young people. With the other leaders, you will contribute to creating and running exciting programmes and activities that give the Scouts the opportunity to develop their skills and capabilities within a safe and supportive environment.

“The role would be particularly suited to those with a sense of adventure and a love of the great outdoors — what other voluntary organisation offers the chance to get involved in activities including archery, orienteering, assault courses, survival skills, camping and hiking among others?”

Anyone interested in finding out more about how to get involved with the 1st Lady Bay Scouts can contact Elaine Clarke on 0115 933 3001 or by email at elaine.clarke31@googlemail.com