Save Our Scouts

The 3rd Bo'ness Beaver Scouts need more scout leaders or they could face closure
The 3rd Bo'ness Beaver Scouts need more scout leaders or they could face closure

Looking for help are leaders Russell Cook and Thomas Mulholland with Abby Sneddon, Tom Shearer, Rudi Donovan and Ella Walker

Since 1911, Scouting has had a strong presence in the town and currently the groups of beavers, cubs and scouts are well-attended with lots of youngsters enjoying the fun on offer.

However, with two of the current leaders about to leave, the group has had no luck in finding replacements for them.

If no one steps up to help assist with the children, they could lose out.

Scout leader Richard Mulholland said: “To date no replacements for our leaders have been found and there is a strong possibility that one or more of the sections may have to be suspended or closed. It is a shame if it does come to that so we hope someone will step forward and volunteer.

“Support is given to all leaders and adult volunteers at local and district level as well as participation in the Scout Association training programme.”

The group managed to secure around £10,000 through various grants and local businesses and has used the money to maintain the hall in Cairn’s Lane.

Richard said: “We have bought boating and camping equipment and improved our Scout Hall so we really want to remain open to offer the children as many opportunities as we can.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to be a scout leader is invited to the group’s AGM on May 18 at the Scout Hall or they can contact Jim Hannah on (01506) 822642 or Robert Nicol on (01506) 439823.