Scout leader monkeys around

RESIDENTS, animals and soft toys in a north Northumberland village all became honarary scouts for the day by donning the famous neckerchief.

Last Tuesday was Founder’s Day, a day celebrating the life and birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting.

The UK Scout Association challenged its Leaders to show their pride for Scouting by ‘putting a scarf on it’, taking a photo and uploading it to Facebook.

The District Commissioner Neil White set leaders in north Northumberland a challenge of putting a neckerchief on an interesting subject in the community in order to promote Scouting and recruit more volunteers. He set the ball rolling by introducing his new deputy – the PG Tips monkey.

But it was Belford Scout Group and North Northumberland District’s Service Delivery Manager Anita McDonald that did Scouting pride justice by putting a neckerchief on anything that moved in Belford.

The whole community, from the chemist to the postmaster, the GP to the passing delivery driver, all became Scouters for the day.

Anita said: “Rural Scouting is a challenge that I enjoy, but it is difficult because of the small communities to find willing volunteers to help with activities.

“This was one way that Scouting could reach local people and encourage them to get involved to make a difference to young people in their village.”