Youth tradition lives on in Noorat

Everlasting bond: Terang College Scouts ambassador Anne Molan (from back left), West Coast region commissioner Robert Rowe, Cubmaster Justin Keane, district commissioner Steven Leversha, Corangamite Shire councillor Helen Durant and mayor Jo Beard wished newly invested Scouts well last Wednesday.

THE Scouting tradition returned to Noorat last week, with the 1st Noorat Cub Scouts Group restarting operations.

District commissioner Steven Leversha and West Coast region commissioner Robert Rowe helped invest nine children into the global Scouting tradition and welcome one into training last Wednesday.

Mr Rowe led the charge to restart the group last November after a period of insufficient numbers, both in Cub Scouts and in group leaders.

Struggling to source interest, he found hope when he heard Terang College was organising a sleepover night involving a campfire.

Seeing the evening as an opportunity to drum up interest, Mr Rowe helped the students build and maintain the fire.

Since then, the group has been holding ‘Come and Try’ events and more training events.

Mr Rowe said more Scouts and volunteers were welcome to join the group.

“We’re currently looking for more Cub Scouts,” he said.

The group has a capacity of 24 and Mr Rowe hoped it could continue to grow.

“Hopefully, over the coming weeks and months, we can take the 10 to 25,” he said.

“The sky is the limit.”

Corangamite Shire mayor Jo Beard and councillor Helen Durant also attended the investiture ceremony.

“This is really exciting,” Cr Beard said.

“When I grew up, I was in something similar (Girl Scout Brownies).

“Those years were probably some of the best years of my life.”

Cr Beard said the reinvigorated group was a positive for the Noorat and district region.

“This is wonderful, you’ve got another drawcard here,” she said.

“There is really nothing Noorat can’t do.

“I really hope you have a great time in the years to come.”

Mr Rowe said it was “absolutely fantastic” to see a number of community members and parents attend the ceremony.

“I’m over the moon,” he said.

Children from seven to 11 years of age are welcome to join the group, which meet every Wednesday from 5.40pm to 7.10pm.

For more information or to express an interest in joining, contact Robert Rowe on 0409 965 611 or RC.westcoast@vicscouts.asn.au

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