The High Sheriff of Staffordshire

The High Sheriff of Staffordshire

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Helping to create a brighter future for Staffordshire County Scouts

On the 14th September I was invited by Pat Russell, the County Chair of Staffordshire County Scouts, to attend the Staffordshire County Scouts Annual General Meeting.  I jumped at the chance as it provided me with the perfect opportunity to learn more about this organisation – its visions, its plans for the future, and the obstacles it currently faces.

I was blown away by the dedication of the Scout leaders and their commitment to teaching young children integrity, communications skills and tolerance.  I was also amazed by the range of activities on offer to Scouts across the county, providing young people with the opportunity to try a variety of pursuits, which they may not have had access to without the Scout movement.

However, I also learnt that there are over 60,000 children on a waiting list to join the Scouts, due to a lack of volunteers and leaders.  This is a hurdle the organisation is working hard to overcome.

With youth groups and centres being forced to close due to budget cuts, I feel passionately that there is a huge need for the Scout Association, now more than ever.  This is why over the next month I will be sharing further information and news about the Scouts, with the aim of raising awareness of this fantastic organisation and hopefully encouraging some of you to get involved.