Dalston Scout Group are on the lookout for new scout leaders amidst fears the troop may have to close.

Having been operating with the minimum number of leaders for some time, Dalston Scouts have recently said goodbye to an Assistant Scout leader who has moved out of the county and a Beaver/Assistant Cub leader who is moving to Australia.

To make matters worse, the troop’s Scout leader is finishing at the end of the year, by which time all 3 of his sons will have passed right through the Group.

Michael has been a leader with Beavers, Cubs and mostly Scouts since 1995, including 22 years with the Dalston Group.

As the troop don’t have anyone to take over the running of the Scout Troop after Christmas, the search is on for Michael’s replacement and for extra help with all 3 Scout Sections – Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Dalston Scout Group is one of the most popular troops in the area with a waiting list for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Alongside traditional scouting activities, the Dalston Scouts have undertaken a number of exciting trips over the past year.

These have included sleeping below decks on HMS Belfast moored on the River Thames near Tower Bridge, pitching hammocks in local woods, backpacking in the Northern Fells, camping on the shores of Bassenthwaite, crate stacking, axe throwing, crown green bowling, curling and ice skating.

A spokesperson for the Dalston Scout Group said: “Such a fantastic programme is delivered by an amazing team of leaders, all just ordinary individuals prepared to give up some of their valuable time to volunteer with Scouting.

“All our leaders have demanding jobs, many have young families, all have other commitments, but they are prepared to make time for Scouting because they see the benefits it brings to the young people.

“Many of our Leaders have no Scouting background.

“We will organise training, including safety and safeguarding, First Aid and all the practical aspects of the role.

“There will be endless opportunities to learn new skills, develop new hobbies and offer existing skills and interests to the children.

“You will get the chance to work with, and be supported by, a superb team of leaders. Moreover, you will get to join in the Fun of Scouting. Why not come and try out Scouting for a few weeks?”

For anyone interested in finding out more about helping with the group, please contact Peter, the Group Scout Leader at stobdearg@btinternet.com.