Chief Scout Bear Grylls writes to Sydenham Scouts - The Leamington Observer

Chief Scout Bear Grylls writes to Sydenham Scouts

Leamington Editorial 7th May, 2024   0

CHIEF Scout Bear Grylls has written to Sydenham scouts praising them for their good work.

The 1st Sydenham Scout Group re-opened in January last year after being forced to close as a result of the pandemic and since then has seen its membership rise by more than 70 per cent.

This statistic, as reported in the Observer back in March, caught the attention of Bear Grylls who has since written to the scout group to congratulate them on the valuable part they are playing in the local community.

He wrote: “I’m so proud that 1st Sydenham Scout Troop opened in 2023. This is good news for Scouts and good news for the local community too.

“This means that now over 50 more young people in Sydenham will be gaining skills for life, making new friends, preparing them for a brighter future. They also get the chance to be active citizens, making a difference in their local area. Why? Because as Scouts we make a promise to help other people.”

The letter continues: “Now more than ever, our young people need the confidence and encouragement that Scouting gives. Young people are amazing. They just need the opportunities and a friendly, safe and supportive place to discover their talents. That’s where we come in.

“I’m so excited to see the positive impact 1st Sydenham Scouts will be making in the community.

“But this has only happened because of the hard work and dedication of an amazing team. Scouts relies on the kindness and commitment of our adult volunteers. They give as much or as little time as they can spare, and they get out more than they put in – new skills, new friends and the reward of seeing young people grow into fantastic members of their community.

“A very big thank you to every Scout, parent, carer and volunteer who’s made this happen. Together, we’re a force for good, helping shape a new generation.”

John Godbert, lead volunteer for 1st Sydenham Scouts, added: “It’s really nice to be recognised by Chief Scout, Bear Grylls. I’m sure the young people and volunteers will have smile on their faces when they know about the letter.”

Sydenham Scouts offers opportunities to boys and girls aged six to 14. Activities include camping, hiking, and cooking outdoors.

During their time with Scouts the young people will develop skills including teamwork, problem solving, leadership, self-confidence, social skills, and responsibility.

For more information about the 1st Sydenham Scout Group contact John Godbert at [email protected]

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