Scout groups face merger or closure

Last updated 10:57 17/05/2013

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Totara Park and Rimutaka Scouts may have to close, abandoning a planned merger, if they can not get more help soon.

A public meeting to discuss the issue is being held on Sunday, May 26, at 7pm in the Rimutaka Scout Hall, Hoggard Park, Black Beech St.

Local scouts zone leader John Cavill, who runs nine scout groups in the area, said there were now only 12 cubs and 12 scouts between those two groups.

He said a new group leader and committee chairperson were needed to provide some management skills.

Also needed were volunteers to assist with equipment and hall maintenance, and additional leader support for the cub and scout sections.

"There is definitely a demand for the groups ... but not a lot of time (with the parents) in that area to come in to help."

"It's pretty hard on the kids and the leaders if they don't have the support network in place.

"Smaller groups mean (all the responsibility) ends up on the leader."

Mr Cavill said the scout groups were beneficial as they taught "life skills, how to have fun and get on with other people".

Helpers of all ages were welcome, with on the job training provided.

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