Let me introduce myself, my name is John Nicholson and as the newest addition to the Scout family of leaders at 4th Frodsham I thought I might share my experiences with the group in the hope that we might encourage some of you to help us to grow the numbers of leaders and adult helpers to increase the numbers of children we support.
I have been an Assistant leader in the Cub Pack since September and each night is a different activity, planned in advance by the Leaders. We have, in the cubs, celebrated Chinese New Year, had a Craft Competition, cooked ‘doughnuts’, been into Delemere Forest on an Astronomy night, walked on Frodsham Hill twice, and had very informative nights at the fire station and a talk from a very nice local policeman. The evenings start off with a game or two and the leaders get involved in the games and the cubs enjoy the interaction with the adults.
While we are not an extension of school we do try to make our evenings educational to a degree, and practical. For instance we do science nights, where we tried to grow crystals, and have learnt about the stars, constellations, and the Sun on our astronomy night. We try to help the children to grow in confidence and abilities and develop their leadership qualities preparing them for adulthood and giving them a sense of belonging in a society.
What do I get from my involvement? A greater sense of giving some time back to the young people in our community and hopefully give them some experiences to remember. Our evenings are always very well attended and always enjoyed by all.
You can get involved in different ways, by becoming a leader or assistant leader, this involves some investment of time, meeting once a week and some weekend activities. Of course there are also the camps and events that take place with groups from around the county. If you feel this is too much of an investment in time then why not offer a few evenings a term as an adult helper? The more help we have the more activities we can get involved in and engage the children in more activities. The more of you who offer, even for a few hours a year, the more new children can join our groups. Please talk to us if you can offer any time or would like to discuss options.
I hope this gives a small insight, into what, as leaders and adults we are about. Any help you can offer is much appreciated and I think you will even enjoy seeing the activities we run for yourselves. Please don’t hesitate to ask me or any of the other leaders any questions you might have.
Many thanks for taking the time to read this and we look forward to working with you soon!
Assistant Cub Scout Leader