Organisation scouting around for new leaders

Scouts zone leader Derek Beveridge (left) with new Scout leaders Iven Cawley and Tuhi Mueller. Photo by Tony Brady.
Scouts zone leader Derek Beveridge (left) with new Scout leaders Iven Cawley and Tuhi Mueller. Photo by Tony Brady.
Derek Beveridge is desperately seeking scout leaders.

The Oamaru zone leader could do with about 15 new leaders to "fill in gaps" and undertake expansion work.

A shortage of leaders was a nationwide problem, not just for Scouts but also other volunteer organisations, Mr Beveridge said.

In Oamaru, there were between 140 and 150 young people involved in Scouts, with three groups operating, and he estimated there were about 15 active leaders.

There were children wanting to join, but the organisation had not been actively recruiting because it did not have the infrastructure to deal with it. Young men or women, at a minimum age of 18, and with an interest in young people and their wellbeing were sought.

He was delighted two new Scout leaders, Iven Cawley and Tuhi Mueller, had recently received their warrants of appointment.