THE 1st Lym Valley Scout Group will be launching an Explorer Sea Scout unit for 14 to 17 year olds as the group continues to grow.
The new unit will meet on Thursdays during school term time, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Scout Hut on Rhode Lane, Uplyme, starting on January 16.
The leaders already have discussed a variety of events in the pipeline, ranging from a big Jamboree to a shooting camp, as well as a number of challenges already planned, meaning an action-packed 2020 awaits for those who are keen to be involved.
However, most of the programme has yet to be decided.
“We’re really shaped by what the young people tell us, you never quite know what might happen next,” said Callum Mitchell, the new Explorer Sea Scout leader and one of the six new volunteers running the unit.
“We’re not going to second guess them; if they want to go and do paintball, or go hiking, or go paddle boarding, we’ll do our best to make it happen. Ultimately, they’ll get the most out of what they want to do, because it’s something that interests them.”
Callum went onto explain the reasons why he wanted to get involved: “When the opportunity to do this came along, I felt I had to get stuck in. My children are involved with the group and I saw them getting the chance to so many different things that they don’t normally do.
“It’s really helped to widen their view of world – let’s give that chance to teenagers locally and develop their horizons!”
Karen Yelland of 1st Lym Valley Scouts added: “It’s truly a brilliant time to be a young person in Lyme Regis and Uplyme, the creation of this new unit means we can continue to expand our activities.
“It won’t just be about water activities, despite the name, that’s just one part of it – it’s going to be a real mix of socialising, having a laugh, taking on challenges, going away on camps – just enjoying being a teenager really”
Sea Scouting has been absent from Lyme Regis since the demise of 1st Lyme Regis Sea Scouts in 1993. The re-opening of the Explorer Sea Scout provision has been on the cards for some time, but has only been possible due to a number of volunteers coming forward.
Young people aged between 13 and a half and 17 wanting to join should get in touch with Karen Yelland by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the group through social media.