Local scout group seeks help

THE Glenorchy Scouts Group has a proud history of providing local children with the life skills to become active and valuable members of the community.

Since it was established in 1985, the group has seen thousands of scouts pass through its doors, equipping them with essential physical, intellectual and social skills.

“Scouting has a long history in the community and has been around for more than 100-years,” Glenorchy Scouts Group assistant group and cub leader David McNamara said.

“We play a big part in being here for local children and families – we are the one place any kid can come to if they feel they don’t belong.

“My daughter, who has a disability, had a hard time finding her place and since joining the Scouts she has made friends, built skills and done so many things she never thought she could do.”

But Mr McNamara said the group was in dire need of volunteers if it was to keep running.

“As a not-for-profit organisation, we 100 per cent rely on volunteers to keep us going,” he said.

“As it stands, we have a low ratio of volunteers to youth members and many of our leaders are required to take on extra roles.

“What many people don’t realise is that there are plenty of flexible ways to get involved with and contribute without making the time commitment required for a uniformed leadership role.

“It is also a very rewarding and enjoyable experience and I have gained valuable new skills and experiences in my role here, not to mention being able to spend quality time with my daughter.”

Volunteers can help by assisting with activities, joining the group committee or by taking on administrative roles, helping to fundraise, providing transport and organising group excursions.

In addition to searching for volunteers, the scout group has also set its sight on fundraising for the refurbishment of the hall.

“The hall is getting out-dated and a number of break-ins and vandalism incidents have put a big strain on our funds,” Mr McNamara said.

“Our current goal is to raise funds for new roofing and walls, which will come in at around $20,000.

“We have just set up a GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/glenorchyscouts) and are hoping the community will lend their support, helping us to restore our hall to its former glory and give our young scouts the best possible experience.”

The Glenorchy Scouts Group operates during school terms and meets on Mondays from 6.30-8pm for cubs, Wednesdays 7-9pm for scouts and Thursdays 5.45-6.45pm for joeys.

The group offers membership discounts for parents who take on a committee or leader role.

For more information on how to volunteer, email David McNamara at agl.glenorchy@scoutstas.org.au.

Caption: Glenorchy Scouts Group cubs at the 2017 Tasmania Cuboree.

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