Auchenblae Cubs look back at busy first year

Auchenblae Cubs celebrated its first birthday last week with a special party.

The first meeting of the newly formed group took place on Febuary 8, 2010 and has gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months.

In addition to the 24 boys and girl who each week enjoy meeting up, playing games, learning new skills and taking part in community events, Beaver and Scout groups have also been set up and will soon be celebrating their first milestone too.

Some of the activities members have been involved in so far this year include tidying the Den in Auchenblae, manning a stall at the Drumtochty Games (particulary popular was throwing wet sponges at the leaders), putting on a carol concert for the village complete with homemade mincepies, attending the Remembrance Day parade and hosting a Burns’ supper.

The cubs have also taken part in a number of district events where they get to meet up with other packs in the area.

The group are now looking forward to the lighter nights when they will spend a lot more time outdoors playing games, practising map reading, taking part in treasure hunts, shelter building and barbeques.”

Akela Denise Bird said: “For me, it’s great to see the kids growing and becoming more independant and taking pride in sewing their badges on to get extra points for their six and throwing themselves into doing badges to fill their uniforms.”

She added: “We are on the look out for permanent leaders as our original leaders have moved on to start their own sections, so we are currently running on a skeleton staff in all the sections.

“We appreciate that it may be difficult to commit to every week, but if you think you can help out at all on a semi permanent basis, please give me a call on 01561 320887.

“We have been lucky to have support from a number of parents who take on more active “parent helper” roles which ensures cover, however we are always looking for over 18’s willing to become assistant leaders.”

Ms Bird said: “I’d really like to thank our comittee which keeps the group going, organises fundraising and the administration that is involved with running a charitable group like ourselves and also our young leaders David Roberts and Lucie Hendry whose help is invaluable to us.

“They help out as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, but without whom, we couldn’t run as smoothly as we do. Thanks to all the cubs too for all their effort and enthusiasm over the year who have made my job so enjoyable.”

For more information or to volunteer as a helper, phone Denise Bird on 01561 320887.