Check the neck and ask the wearer about Scouts

Last updated 09:24 31/07/2014
Matapu Scouts
Matapu Scouts member Anna Simons, 11, will be wearing her Scout scarf to school tomorrow.

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Neckerchiefs will be out in force tomorrow as people celebrate the inaugural National Scout Scarf Day.

South Taranaki Scout Group members and leaders have been issued a challenge - wear your adornment to work or school, out to lunch or even grocery shopping - until the day's end.

Taranaki Scouts zone leader Tevai Barr said the idea was to get the community talking and build interest in the organisation.

"We just want to focus on the future," she said.

"We believe that by promoting with our scarves, we can promote scouting within the community."

With four Scouting groups in South Taranaki, Barr said it was hoped that the neck-wear would get people talking and more importantly, asking questions.

"If they are interested, we are happy to give them information about the closest scout group to them and hopefully they will be able to join our movement," she said.

"The Scouts are still around and we are still going strong."

Barr said there were plenty of troops in the area to sign up to with one at Alton, Turuturu, Matapu and the South Taranaki Venturers.

She said Scouting didn't just benefit children.

Barr began volunteering 17 years ago and hasn't looked back.

"I enjoy it. To see the effects of [their] achievement on the kids, it makes it worth it for me as a leader," she said.

"I think people will find that it's quite rewarding to become part of scouting and to become a leader."

Barr will be in the Hawera town square on Friday from 11am till 1pm, wearing her neckerchief, ready to talk to anyone interested in the movement.

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