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New scout group opens in East Barnet

A newly relaunched 5th East Barnet Scout Group joins 25 other scout groups across the borough, writes Joshua Thomas

A person raises their hand in a scout salute
The District Scout team invested 10 adult volunteers and 36 young people into the group, making them officially members of Scouting.

This September, Scouting returned to Osidge Lane, with the re-launch of the 5th East Barnet Scout Group. The District Scout team invested 10 adult volunteers and 36 young people into the group, making them officially members of Scouting.

With the relaunch of the 5th East Barnet group, Barnet is home to 26 Scout groups who meet every week to enjoy fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help make a positive impact in their community.

The 5th East Barnet are now the second in the Districts to open Squirrel Scouts, the newest section introduced by The Scout Association, welcoming four to six year olds into the movement. When asked what they’ve enjoyed most so far, Samuel, one of the new Squirrels, said “I like to play with my friends and the Squirrel song squirrel wiggle, wiggle. I like to ride my bike with my helmet. Red means stop and green means go.’


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Cycling was also popular with the Beavers (six to eight year olds), as Hadassa, another Squirrel, said: “my favourite thing was doing the bicycles because I finally learnt how to ride my bike without my parents”.

Learning new skills for life is at the core of Scouting, and has taken off well with the group. Hanny, one of the 5th East Barnet’s Cubs (eight to ten and a half years old), said “I’m learning how to put up a tent and I love when we went to the camp, the activities there were so much fun”, whilst Ricardo said he enjoys “being with my friends and learning new things every time.”

The older section of the group, for 10 and a half to 14 year olds, focuses on exploring the world and challenging yourself. “I like Scouts because it helps me learn new lifestyles,” said Hailey. “I also like it because I get to interact with more people and I get to share with new people. I really liked the games that we played at night and I liked the rock climbing. I am really looking forward to the camps.”

To find out more and get involved, visit barnetscouts.com.


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