Scouts honour twenty-five years of service - & encourage more volunteers to join the team
At their AGM on Monday (May 21), the 2nd Marlborough Scout Group showed their appreciation of Andrew Barnett, who has volunteered as a leader with the group for more than twenty-five years.
Ken McDougall, Group Scout Leader said: “It’s not very often you get people who are heroes like him. He has been generous with his time and instrumental in most of the things we have done.”
“Andrew has held a key, central role, working with all ages and running activities such as archery, axe-throwing, air rifles and overnight camps. He co-ordinates training leaders and has helped so many people.”
A big part of Andrew’s contribution to the group is his organisation of the various camps the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have the opportunity to participate in.
To celebrate Andrew’s time with the group, he was presented with a certificate from District Scouting, an engraved glass from the other scout leaders, art work from the Cubs and a travel information book from the executive committee and parents.
The Beavers showed their appreciation by making ‘Thank you’ posters and giving little speeches.
marlborough.news caught up with Andrew Barnett as he was putting together the final arrangements for the Bank Holiday camp for forty children in Bournemouth. The presentation at the AGM had come as a surprise: “I’m not the sort of person for the limelight, but it’s nice to know my efforts have been appreciated. However, I appreciate all their hard work – without such a great team it would be harder.”
More than eighty children aged between six to fourteen belong to 2nd Marlborough Scout Group and there is a waiting list of around a hundred. The group urgently needs to recruit more volunteers to help run the sessions.
“The best thing about being a volunteer with the scouts,” says Andrew, “is you see young people having such a great time, achieving things they never thought they could do, being outside - it makes it rewarding.”
“And I’ve also done things I’ve never done or would have contemplated doing such as climbing and tomahawk throwing! That’s just one of the benefits of being a volunteer.”
All volunteers receive training and there is a variety of courses on offer ranging from first aid to management training and training to train. Potential young leaders aged seventeen or eighteen are also encouraged to apply.
Ken McDougall who works as a project manager in construction said, “Volunteering with the scouts is a fantastic way to relax and de-stress. And the training given looks good on your CV as well as helping you at work.”
To find out more - especially about volunteering - go to their website.