Group expands

Youngsters and leaders at the new groups set up by the 9th Hartlepool Scout Group, which meets at Throston Primary School.

Youngsters and leaders at the new groups set up by the 9th Hartlepool Scout Group, which meets at Throston Primary School.

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A POPULAR scout group has expanded and set up two new groups giving even more youngsters the chance to join up.

The 9th Hartlepool Scout Group, in Hartlepool, boasted beavers, cubs and scouts groups for youngsters at St Luke’s Church Hall, in Tunstall Avenue, Hartlepool.

But they have now launched a new beavers and cubs group for youngsters at Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, in the town.

Scout leaders say it is the first time new groups have been set up in the town in the last 20 years.

Take up has already been very good for the groups at Throston but a handful of places are still available in each group.

Scout leaders are also calling on volunteers who want to get involved to come forward.

David Kelly, 9th Hartlepool Scout Group leader, said: “We were delighted to be able to set up these new groups and the take up has been great.

“For us it’s brilliant that we can welcome even more youngsters in to our group.”

The 9th Hartlepool Scout Group is now approaching 100 members, which David says makes it one of the biggest in the area.

The 38 year old design engineer who lives in the Fens area of Hartlepool, said: “For us it’s all about making the sure the children learn through fun.”

The dad-of-two added: “We take part in a number of activities including archery, canoeing and lots of crafts.”

All of the members are going to a camp at Commondale, in North Yorkshire, at the end of next month.

Beavers is aimed at youngsters aged from six to eight, cubs for children aged eight to 10 and a half and scouts for youngsters aged from 10 and a half to 14.

The new group meets at Throston Primary School every other Monday, from 6pm-8pm.

The next session is taking place on Monday, April 16.

Anybody who is interested in joining the group or becoming a volunteer should visit www.9thhartlepoolscoutgroup.org.uk and follow the links to the Cleveland County Scouts website.