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Flying the flag . . . 1st Gore Scout Group leader Anne Fotheringham has been volunteering for 9 years and will stay involved even after stepping down as leader.

Would-be Scouts and Scout leaders don’t need to tie themselves in knots over a lack of knot-tying ability.

First Gore Scout Group leader Anne Fotheringham says the most important thing is having community spirit.

“Scouts is for everyone.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or a girl, sporty or academic.”

Volunteers were vital to the existence of Scouting, she said.

“If we didn’t have volunteers these groups wouldn’t happen.

“It’s about opportunities for the kids.

“Scouts teaches life skills.”

The usual Scouting expeditions were put on hold during the Covid-19 lockdown but the group had adapted.

They met online and still managed to go camping their back yards.

“The challenge was to pack a bag with everything you need and camp in your back yard.

“It’s about making sure you’re prepared.”

Volunteers got back more than they put in, she said.

“Your leadership skills develop alongside the kids.”

Leaders also participated in special training camps to build their skills.

She had fun attending the camps.

”We’re on the lookout for more volunteers eight – we have eight at the moment.”

Many of them were parents or former Scouts.

“They all have their own skills, such as tramping or fixing things.”

She had been involved in Scouts since the group reopened its Gore headquarters in 2010.

Providing opportunities for her children had led her to get involved.

“My children started as Cubs when they were 7, then aged out of Scouts at 15.”

They had got a lot out of their involvement.

Her daughter had recently aged out of Scouts and she had decided to step down as leader later this year.

“It’s really sad decision to make.

“It’s a good opportunity for someone else.”

She would stay involved and continue as treasurer, she said.