Lack of leaders could see cub pack close

The 26th Blackbrook Cubs pictured recently with their cheque for the Clatterbridge Cancer charity
The 26th Blackbrook Cubs pictured recently with their cheque for the Clatterbridge Cancer charity
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A CUB pack in St Helens could be forced to close this Christmas unless new leaders can be found.

The 26th St Helens Cubs in Blackbrook are desperate for more volunteer leaders to come forward to keep the pack going.

They currently only have one leader to look after them - after illness forced the other to finish - and will have to close at the end of the year if they cannot get more adult help.

Leader Lindsay said: “I really enjoy being a cub Leader, as I get to do the same exciting activities as the cubs and I love to see their smiling faces and bubbly enthusiasm.

“Although our Beaver leaders have been helping me out, I need a long-term assistant. I am struggling on my own and cannot possibly carry on beyond Christmas, unless volunteers come forward.”

The Blackbrook cubs recently raised £100 for a new children’s playroom and waiting area for the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity after a fellow cub, Katie Birchall, received treatment there.

But the cubs, who are always quick to help others, now need help themselves.

When asked why it was so important that their cub pack remains open, one cub said: “I love cubs so much, we have lots of fun and friends and if our cubs closed we would have nowhere else to go.”

Another replied: “I want our cubs to stay open because I like getting lots of badges, and going camping.”

If you think you would like to volunteer, or just find out a bit more about what’s involved, call District Commissioner, Christine Williams, on 01744 750702 any evening, or e-mail: dc@sthelensscouts.gov.uk

To find out more about scouting in St Helens, go online at: www.sthelensscouts.org.uk