Lisburn and District Scouts are looking for adults to take on the role of leaders and are appealing for help from local churches, businesses, schools and other linked organisations to achieve this.
Noel Irwin, District Commissioner, said: “Our district has grown from strength to strength over the last number of years and this strength is down to the quality of leaders involved, their time, commitment, energy and enthusiasm. However, the expansion in our youth membership has not been matched by an expansion in our adult membership
In a letter to local churches, businesses and organisations, Mr Irwin states: “One of the biggest myths about Scouting is that groups are closing down due to a lack of young people wanting to become Members. Nothing could be further from the truth; Scouting in the UK including Lisburn and District is a growing Movement evidenced by the growth in our numbers over the last number of years. But we need to recruit a greater number of adults to manage this growth.”
Mr Irwin states that no previous Scouting experience is needed – simply energy, enthusiasm and a healthy interest in children.
Scouting is to promote the development of young people aged six to 25 in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. The Movement takes young people from all backgrounds, faiths and creeds and through a structured programme of games, learning activities and adventures, tries to enable each young person to grow.
“Scouting offers bridges to a world of social involvement and inclusion through education and activity teaching us all respect for others in addition to self respect,” said Mr Irwin.
Any interested adults can contact Mr Irwin at 028 38881617 / 07773713810 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.