On Saturday Scouts from Eastleigh, Fair Oak, Bishopstoke, Allbrook, Horton Heath and Boyatt Wood launched their new adult volunteer recruitment campaign at Eastleigh Town Centre’s Urban Beach. Aged between 6 and 18, the scouts built sandcastles to represent each of the new adult volunteers they need to find to make sure every young person who is waiting to join scouts in the autumn will be able to do so.
Dick Whittington, from Eastleigh District Scouts explains:
‘Scouting in Eastleigh is thriving with 6% growth last year and over 600 local young people taking part each week. Our activities are all about providing young people with Skills for Life. For every new adult volunteer, we can invite another 5 local youngsters to gain these important transferable skills.’
The scouts are asking adults to try volunteering for just four weeks in the autumn. The scouts hope the new volunteers will enjoy it so much they will stay for much longer! Adults don’t have to be a parent or have any previous experience to volunteer, and even those who can only spare an hour a month are welcome.
Eastleigh’s newest adult volunteer is 26 year old Helen Hutchings, a chartered accountant, says
‘Since volunteering in May I have felt very welcome and supported, and I’ve already had some really great adventures each time I’ve taken part’
Dick is also keen to stress that ‘it’s not just about making a difference to the lives of local young people. We’re asking potential volunteers “When did you last climb a tree …. cook over an open fire …. canoe across a lake ….. climb the highest hill …. camp under the stars … laugh until your sides hurt. You can do all this and more as an adult volunteer with Eastleigh Scouts.’