EAGER Beavers made their pledges to a new colony at the top of Penshaw Hill.
Third Washington Scouts celebrated the launch of their Beaver group with a ceremony at the famous site.
The group is the first of its kind in west Washington and will be based at Oxclose Village Primary School.
The group’s media development manager Stephen Harris, said: “We had 12 Beavers successfully make their pledges on Penshaw Hill. It’s the first intake as we build our colony.
“We usually take about 24 in the colony, then they move up to Scouts.”
“It was great,” added Stephen. “We had parents and councillors as well as our sponsors there.”
The group was given the cash it needed to open by City of Sunderland Community Chest and Gentoo, but without volunteers, the group would not have come together.
Stephen said: “We really need to get some more volunteers on board. We’ve got a big waiting list of Beavers.”
Volunteers can work with young people organising activities or they can take a role in the background as a manager or secretary.
Janet Long, 23, a volunteer from Washington said: “I gain a huge amount of enjoyment from my role working with young people and it fits nicely around my busy lifestyle, being able to volunteer flexibly is the way forward.”
Councillor George Thompson, chairman of 3rd Washington Scout Group, added: “It’s thanks to volunteers like Janet that we are able to offer Scouting to more young people in Washington and I would ask anyone with time to spare and a desire to help young people to think about volunteering with the Scouts.”