Hartlepool Scout group hopes to attract more youngsters

Children from the 18th Hartlepool (St Paul's) scout group during a visit to Stranton Fire Station.
Children from the 18th Hartlepool (St Paul's) scout group during a visit to Stranton Fire Station.

A scout group in Hartlepool which was founded 90 years ago is calling for more youngsters to join.

The 18th Hartlepool (St Paul’s) scout group, which meets once a week at the Tees Valley District Scout HQ, Stockton Road, currently has a beaver colony and cub pack.

The children learn to be responsible, reliable, helpful, courteous and to help other people.

Margaret Elliott, club scout leader

That covers children from the age of six to 10-and-a-half, but now the group is set to restart its scout troop, which folded three years ago.

Children aged between 10-and-a-half and 14 will be able to join, with indoor and outdoor activities, along with trips and volunteering in the community, among the events they will take part in.

Club scout leader Margaret Elliott said: “When my cubs get to the age of 10-and-a-half, we have to send them somewhere else at the moment as we don’t have a scout troop.

“If we could restart it, that would enable us to keep the children in the environment they are used to ensure they continue to enjoy what they’re doing.

“All children in the group take part in activities both indoors and outdoors, while we sometimes go on visits.

“We do a lot of work in the community, too, including litter picking, tree planting and making bird boxes for our green spaces in Hartlepool.

“The children learn to be responsible, reliable, helpful, courteous and to help other people.

“They have fun, learn and take part in lots of activities.

“Being involved with us gives the children a chance to interact with young people and adults.

“It’s a good grounding for them, and can give them values they keep for the rest of their lives.”

The group is holding a taster session at the Stockton Road venue from 7.30pm on Tuesday, June 16.

Anyone interested in joining the scout section will be able to attend and find out more about scouting.

Margaret added: “The taster night is for young people and adults to come and find out what scouting is all about by doing activities and playing games. It’s a chance for them to come and see what it is like, so they can decide whether they’d like to join.”

The beavers and cubs recently held a sponsored fire engine wash at Stranton Fire Station, in Stockton Road, and raised more than £500 for charity.

The group started in 1925, and in the 1970s the 11th Christ Church scout group joined with the 18th Hartlepool St Paul’s to form the current organisation.