YOUNGSTERS in a new Beaver group are all ready for fun, thanks to volunteers.
A new Beaver Scout colony has been launched in Hetton, after six new volunteers came forward to help run it.
The colony already has 14 members who were all invested into the group by making their Beaver Scout promise at a ceremony in Hetton Lyons Country Park.
Group leaders decided on an outside ceremony to give the youngsters a taste of the adventures that are yet to come.
The Beaver colony is part of 1st Eppleton Scouts and is based at the group’s headquarters in Hetton.
It is the first Beaver colony for the Scout group and will give more children in the area the chance to make friends, play games, go on visits and help others.
The 1st Eppleton Scouts now has 70 young people and adults enjoying scouting every week.
The new Beaver colony completes the scouting family at Eppleton as there is now provision for young people aged six to 14.
Jonathan Chicken, a spokesman for Houghton Scouts, which includes 1st Eppleton group, said: “Volunteers have brought a real buzz to 1st Eppleton and with so many parents of young people and family members coming taking up roles, there’s a real community developing around the group.”
Tracey Lukeman, from Hetton, a volunteer in the Beaver colony, 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.
“Prior to joining 1st Eppleton, I had been involved as a parent helper in scouting and since taking on a full appointment I’ve already enjoyed a huge amount of support and friendship in the group and the district.”
Councillor Robert Heron, said: “It’s thanks to new volunteers like Tracey that scouting is strong in our area and that more young people are enjoying scouting than ever before, and it was a real pleasure to be invited to the ceremony.
“I would ask anyone with time to spare and a desire to help young people to think about volunteering with the scouts.
“Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they can to help.”
To find out more about Scout volunteering opportunities in Hetton and Houghton visit www.hls-scouts.org.uk/volunteer, or telephone 0845 300 1818.