SCOUTING THRIVES IN YORK

Calling children aged between 6 and 15 years of age living in York.

If you are looking for an activity-based program where you can enjoy camping, bushwalking, learning about the outdoors and one where girls and boys are both welcome, the 1st York Scouts Group may be just the thing for you. 

Local scout leader, Phil Furey, said the group had experienced unprecedented growth with 41 children having joined in just eight months. There were other groups like Venturers and Rovers for older participants but these were not currently available in York, he said.

The aim of scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development of young people so they become responsible citizens. A basic belief of the scouting movement is that young people need leadership. This is provided through the guidance of informed and caring adults.  The world-wide organization offers this through a team of dedicated, self-motivated individuals who help on a voluntary basis.

Founder of scouting, former British Lieutenant General, Baden-Powell, wanted to provide an environment where young people could learn to consider the needs of others, better themselves and contribute positively to their families and the community in which they lived.  He recognised that young people enjoyed forming small groups under their own leader whether for work, fun or mischief.  

The youngest scout group is Joeys for boys and girls between six and 7½ years of age. This section provides an introduction to scouting through a wide range of enjoyable activities.  The activities are aimed at helping the children learn about themselves, nature and caring for others.

Cubs are boys and girls between 7½ and 10½. The aim of this program is to provide a group environment that is intellectually and physically challenging.  The activities take advantage of the natural sense of fun and enthusiasm of the age group with the training being achieved largely through games, interaction in small groups and physical activities.

Scouts are young people between 10½ and 14½ years old. At this age they show great enthusiasm for activities that give them a sense of achievement and allow them to follow their special interests with intensity.  Trained leaders use these characteristics to help make scouting an experience that allows young people to develop as individuals while having fun.

During their years as scouts, the aim is to earn a series of badges that demonstrate knowledge of basic scouting skills and mark achievements in areas such as citizenship, campcraft, air and water activities and looking after the environment. The York group recently held a very successful camp at Mundaring.

Phil invited anyone with an interest in the future generation and willing to contribute to contact him on 9641 2477 to learn more about joining as a leader.  Anyone wishing to work with young people would have to undergo a mandatory ‘Working with Children Check’, Phil said.

David Hovell

Girls and boys from First York Scouts enjoy activities at their camp held recently at Mundaring.

The Scouting WA climbing wall was a great hit at the recent York Christmas Party.