Boys and girls as young as five years of age can now join in the fun as Joey Scouts return to Kepnock Scouts.
Group leader Kepnock Scouts Bradley Mylrea said he was excited to have the Joey Scout section return to the local group after many years of absence.
Bradley said Joey Scouts were the youngest section, suited for participants aged between five and eight years of age.
“Being involved in Joeys is often the first chance for young children to have a real adventure, like their first abseil, or even an overnight camp,” Bradley said.
“For a long time, we had no one wanting to be a leader in this section, now we have one leader we can start it up again.
“We are always looking for new members. We are especially looking for new leaders.
“It is a very rewarding thing to do watching the youth grow so much.”
Bradley said Kepnock Scouts were now able to cater for all age groups right up to Rovers.
He said after Joeys, participants would graduate to Cubs which are aged seven to 11, then on to Scouts, aged 10 to 14, before moving on to Ventures, 14 to 18 years, before finally moving on to Rovers in the 18 to 25 years section.
Bradley said during the COVID-19 restrictions Kepnock Scouts maintained contact via Zoom meetings, and he said although it had been difficult the youth and leaders all embraced the challenge.
“Scouts aims to build and develop young people's confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative,” he said.
“It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at weekly meetings, camps and even on international trips.”
By participating in scouting, participants have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities including canoeing, abseiling, scuba-diving, snorkelling, mountain bike riding, alpine pursuits and bush walking.
Anyone interested in joining Kepnock Scouts can find more information on their Facebook page.
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