Beaudesert Scouts back in action after COVID setback

FUN: Beaudesert's Jack O'Neil, 11, and Seth Marshall, 8, had fun at scouts last week. Photo: Supplied

FUN: Beaudesert's Jack O'Neil, 11, and Seth Marshall, 8, had fun at scouts last week. Photo: Supplied

AFTER a necessary hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Beaudesert Scout Group is back in action for young people aged five to 25.

Cub scout leader Shane "Baloo" Kelly said the group had adopted a different approach to scouting in order to keep everyone safe.

"We're back post-COVID, and everything is different," he said.

"Scouting has a new program design and a new award scheme.

"Young people will design their programs and leaders train and support to make sure everything happens safely.

"We call it Youth Leading - Adult Supporting.

"The youth members will work in units to achieve their goals and achievement pathways will encourage progression in the skills that most excite them."

Mr Kelly said the programs had restarted with four new members and with 18 kids already registered, the group was happy to welcome boys and girls who want to have fun while learning bush craft, camping, hiking and leadership skills.

"Parents can get in touch via our Facebook page or calling group leader Marg Manthey on 0407 734 595," he said.

"As well as outdoor activity skills, scouts can earn badges in special interest areas which could include science, engineering, computer games and environmental activities like Clean Up Australia."

Mr Kelly said membership fees were $179 for insurance and registration with Scouts Australia with an $80 per term subscription fee.

"The cost of scouting compares favourably to activities like football or soccer and the program runs for 40 weeks a year," he said.

Group Leader Margaret Manthey said the scouts movement helped young Australians to achieve their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potential.

"We help them become responsible citizens and members of their local, national and international communities," she said.

"Scouts offers lots of opportunities to engage with your children, without cramping their style.

"Putting your child through scouting is a shared responsibility - shared between the volunteer leaders and the parents.

"We love parents to get involved within the scout group to support the program for their kids."

Mr Kelly said Beaudesert Scouts were also hoping to recruit more volunteer leaders and people to join the adult support committee.

"We can help arrange for a Blue Card free of charge and provide training that leads to real world TAFE certification," he said.

"We do have enough leaders now but two are leaving at the end of the year."

Beaudesert Scouts of all ages meet on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 7:30pm at the den on the corner of Eaglesfield and Hart Streets, Beaudesert

For more information visit scoutsqld.com.au where you can enrol online and download the parent information pack.

To get in touch with Beaudesert Scouts, contact Marg Manthey on 0407 734 595 or margaret.manthey@gmail.com