New junior scouting scheme launched with premier club Doncaster Squirrels


At the end of last year, the Scout Association announced a new offer aimed at young people aged 4 to 6 called Squirrels.

After a successful pilot project, groups were invited to apply for permission to create their own Squirrel Drey.

And the Cantley-based 58th Doncaster Scout Group is among those putting together a new group.

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A new Squirrels group has been launched in Cantley.

Lee Mulholland, Scout Group Leader, said: “We enthusiastically organized the first session in Doncaster which was a great success and saw our new squirrels learn all about scouting, play games, meet new friends and create their own model campfire to take home. parents .

“Parent feedback has been fantastic so far, especially from kids who have had little social contact, which has been great to see them interact with their peers.”

Scouting has enabled half a million children each week to come and learn to develop skills through adventure, to make friends and to build their confidence.

Lee added: “Our group has been doing this since 1967 and this year we are extremely excited to launch Squirrels, which will allow us to provide children with a place to start developing these skills at a much earlier age, giving them a length ahead in life.

“It also allows us to provide volunteer positions for young leaders (14-18) and adults to help and facilitate these sessions which have proven to be very popular.

“For some younger children this may well be their first out-of-school group, or they may not have started school at all, so this is a good start for everyone involved.

“Many families have struggled in recent years, with some unable to afford trips or activities.

“Scouting provides young people with opportunities for regular trips, camps and adventure activities, and it’s all run by a great team of volunteers.

“Globally, there are over 54 million members, so it’s one big family.

“Scouting is now seen as modern and exciting and we are partnering with a huge range of organizations to provide skills in digital technologies and Scouts have also recently sent messages to the International Space Station via the UK Space Agency – few kids can say they’ve done that.

“Of course, we still offer the activities and skills that Scouting is best known for, but the association has taken a modern approach helping to maintain this ethic of importing skills for life.

“Since the pandemic, scouting across the city has seen a resurgence in popularity with many groups having waiting lists to join, so to anyone considering joining, I urge them to reserve a spot in their local group.”

You can find full details of your nearest Scout group by visiting the Scouts website HERE as well as details of the Scouting movement across the UK and some of the activities young people can sign up for.

Full Cantley Scouts details can be found on the group’s website HERE

You can also email Mr. Mulholland for more details on the band and the launch of the new Squirrel Club via email. [email protected]


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