Scouting ‘Taste of Adventure’ in Clitheroe

IF your life is lacking in adventure, why not get involved in Scouting?

This weekend brings the perfect chance to find out more about Scouting in Clitheroe and East Lancashire, with a “Taste the Adventure” presentation in Clitheroe. It is taking place this Saturday (March 10th) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sainsburys and Homebase, at the bottom of Moor Lane, in Clitheroe.

It brings the chance to find out what’s involved in Scouting, particularly as a leader, and to speak to some of those already involved. There will also be free tickets available for a Taste the Adventure afternoon of fun and excitement at Bowley Scout Campsite, Great Harwood, over the weekend of April 28th and 29th. Anyone going along can see and maybe try out some of the exciting activities on offer at Bowley, from the zipline across the lodge field, to archery, a “leap of faith” climb and lighting a camp fire.

Saturday’s event in Clitheroe is one of a series being held in all of the seven East Lancashire districts, helped by a £5,000 from the Freemasons Grand Charity, for which the Scouts are very grateful.

Ian Macdonald, District Commissioner for Clitheroe, said: “Scouting in Clitheroe grew again this year for the 11th year in succession – a 5.2% increase in young people. And we have more young people wanting to be part of the adventure on waiting lists unable to join us on our journey, with 10.7 % of our young people being girls, nationally 66,000 Scouts are girls.”

In fact Scouting is the biggest co-educational organisation in the UK, with 400,000 young people and 100,000 leaders. Bear Grylls, the Chief Scout, said: “One of my big missions is to encourage people across the UK who have the time, enthusiasm and ability, whatever it is, to put something back into their communities.

“It’s about a lot of people doing a little. I don’t want to hear any more about kids who can’t join because of a lack of leaders. We’ve got a brilliant, talented nation and I want some of that talent to be used to support young people.”

To get a taste of the adventure that is Scouting, go along to Saturday’s presentation or visit www.tastetheadventure.org.uk

You can also find out more about Scouting in your area by phoning the East Lancashire Scouts County Office on 01254 877573.