Since Lord Baden Powell laid down the foundations stones of the Scouting movement the organisation has grown into a Worldwide movement of which the great man would rightly be proud.
The Scout Groups in and around Durham are growing fast and could offer fun and friendship to many more youngsters. The Durham Scout District, led by District Commissioner John Little, is working to aid the beneficial development of boys and girls to give them a wider perspective and provide character building skills to, safely, challenge them thereby enabling all youngsters to grow into well balanced human beings.
As with all volunteer organisations, Scouting is only as good as the people who lead the sections. Without good leaders Scouting would not be available to so many young people. Over one hundred years on from the movements inception Scouting is the largest and most inclusive youth movement in the World, and it is still gaining new members.
The folks who give their time to Scouting have a great time working with some of the finest young people to grace our planet. Activities are inclusive too, anyone who joins Scouting does so as an equal; regardless of race, gender, level of ability, religion or none. Helping disabled Scouts to canoe or kayak, go camping or climb a mountain is possibly the most rewarding activity that adults can do.
The original book by Baden Powell is called Scouting for Boys, in the 21st Century Scouting is for boys and girls, as well as being for the adults who wish to invest in the future leaders of the country.
Be prepared to give some time, to get involved and make good friends, you may even get to go to a Jamboree almost anywhere in the World where people from very different lives come together with a common aim – to help children and young people have fun!