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Scouts may return to Buncrana 20.11.07

BUNCRANA could see the return of the Scouts to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Scouting Ireland next year.
Malin-based scout leader, Kevin Ferguson, said interest had been expressed in starting up the Scouts in the seaside town.
Kevin is the North West development support officer for Scouting Ireland. He said he was delighted about the approaches from Buncrana.
“There are already three very active Scout groups in Inishowen at the moment in Carndonagh, Muff and Quigley's Point.
"It would only be fitting that the largest town in the peninsula should have one” he said.
“Scouting is a fantastic organisation to help young people aged from six to 21 years, not only to enjoy the scouting experience, but to have fun, meet new friends, learn new skills, achieve goals and enjoy the great outdoors."
A Scout group is made up of four sections - Beavers aged six to eight years; Cubs aged eight to 11 years; Scouts aged 11 to16 years and Venture Scouts aged 16 to 21 years. Scouting Ireland is a cross-community organisation with around 40,000 members throughout the country.
Kevin explained that the biggest challenge would be to get enough leaders to help out with the new group.
"There are adults in the community who would be willing to give one to two hours per week voluntarily, but who might feel they may not possess the skills to help.
“That's no problem. Any adult over the age of 18 who would like to give it a go, would be given all the training and help that they need to run a section," added Kevin.
“The beauty about Scouting is that because of the different age ranges, a volunteer can join an age section they feel they would enjoy working with. It is more important to have an interest in helping young people, than being able to tie a knot."
Kevin is planning to hold an open evening in the future for adults who may be interested in joining. He can be contacted on 0863569012.
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