History was made on Thursday 19 October, when eight young people made their promise and became the first members of the new 1st Salhouse Scout Troop.
The troop which was started in September to provide an opportunity for boys and girls aged 10 to 14 to take part in the fun and adventure of Scouting and learn skills for life to help their employability prospects and contribution to society,
Group contact Jackie Rose said “It’s been many years since there was a Scout Troop in the village, there is a thriving Beaver Colony and Cub Pack, but when the Cubs reached 10 they had to go to other towns and villages. Having a Troop here, means hopefully more will stay and we can have a bigger contribution to village life”
The Troop which meets on Thursday evening in the Village Hall became possible after two adult volunteers, Simon Welin and Matt Bates stepped forward and agreed to start Scouting locally.
After identifying an initial batch of older Cubs who could become the Scouts, a local advertising campaign and visits to nearby schools generated interest from more girls and boys who want to take part and will be invested later.
County Commissioner, Matthew Burrell, who was invited to the ceremony said “Well done to the Young People who have made the promise tonight, there is so many other things that they could fill their time with but they have chosen to invest some time each week in informal education, learning skills and talents that will set them apart from others in years to come” he continued “nationally we think we have about 40,000 Young People who want to become Scouts but unfortunately we just cannot fit them all in, the dedication and effort from the adults in Salhouse to open this new section needs to be repeated again and again to help change more lives. I’d encourage any adult to consider volunteering with us, it’s great fun, you make new friends and you can get to make history like tonight, all looks good on your CV!”
Plans are already in place for the Troop’s future programme including camps and outdoor activities later this year and next.
Anyone interested in volunteering with Scouting can call Norfolk Scouts on 01603 502246