There has been an increase in young people joining the Scouts and Cubs in High Wycombe.
While there has been no face to face Scouting since Tuesday 17th March 2020, during the current lockdown volunteers are providing the children with activities to do. Sections are meeting across Skype, Teams and Zoom with children participating in scavenger hunts, quizzes and talking about their hobbies.
Recently there has been 6% increase in the membership of the Cubs (boys and girls aged 8 to 10 ½) and more than a 24% increase in the Scouts (boys and girls aged 10 ½ to 14).
Several Groups have seen a significant increases in their numbers with the 29th High Wycombe even opening a new section for Scouts to meet demand.
However there are still 132 children on the waiting list who want to join despite the overall increase in the number of children aged between 6 and 18.
Some of the badges children are doing include the Book Reader, Chef, Cook and Scientist badges while many of the Beavers (boys and girls aged 6 to 8) have worked towards their special badge for VE Day which required the children to make a parachute, write their name in Morse Code as well as making a flag.
Lead volunteer Paul Cleaver said: ‘It’s great to see more young people joining Scouts and learning skills for life. The brilliant volunteers provide a wide range of activities for the children and young people. These activities may range from cooking to kayaking or abseiling to science.
If we could get some more adults involved then we could provide even more opportunities for children on the waiting list.‘
Robert Savage, a member of the Cubs, said: ‘I really like being in Cubs as we do something different each week.
In Cubs we’ve been camping, handled reptiles, tried circus skills, made pancakes and have done some science experiments.
Last week I was involved in a world record event and slept in a tent in the garden. A hedgehog walked into the garden as we saw it on out garden camera.‘
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Scouts.