Six years after it was disbanded, the Katandra West scout group is set to be relaunched.JOHN LEWIS July 21, 2014 3:53am
Cub-Scout leader Sara Cartwright with her two children Ryan, 11, and Lauryn, 8, who will be among the first members of the newly-formed Katandra West Scouts group.
Scouting is on the rise, with a group set to relaunch at Katandra West tonight.
Scouts Australia Goulburn Murray district commissioner Mark Sargent said it had been six years since the town’s scout group folded, but now things were picking up.
‘‘A lot of people have come forward and asked for a new group — that’s been really encouraging,’’ Mr Sargent said.
He said Kialla cub-scout leader Sara Cartwright would lead the new Katandra West group.
He said scouting had seen an increase of eight per cent nationwide in youth membership during the past year.
‘‘It’s because of the excellent programs now being run by our leaders. Young people have a great time — they talk to their friends who then want to join,’’ he said.
Mr Sargent said scouting included males and females aged from six to 26 who engaged in age-based activities, such as crafts and cooking for younger people, followed by more adventurous activities such as camping, abseiling, canoeing, hiking and bike riding for older members.
He said there were nine groups in the Goulburn Murray area, with an average of 25 members each.
‘‘It’s all about learning by doing to create resilient young people who are confident and able to contribute,’’ Mr Sargent said.
He said younger GV cub-scouts were planning on joining a rally at Gilwell Park near Gembrook with 4000 other members later this year.
Older Venture scouts aged between 14 and 18 are working towards a trip to Japan next year.
Tonight’s open night and relaunch of the Katandra West scouts group is from 5.30
‘‘It will be fantastic to bring scouting back to the town,’’ Mr Sargent said.
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