Montrose scout group under threat of closing down

Pictured are, from the left, back: Ryan Strachan, Scout leader Bill Scott and  Adam Strachan; front: Kai Esplan, Nathan Esplin, Mackinley Coburn and Kian Honeymoon.
Pictured are, from the left, back: Ryan Strachan, Scout leader Bill Scott and Adam Strachan; front: Kai Esplan, Nathan Esplin, Mackinley Coburn and Kian Honeymoon.

A scouting group in Angus which has been running for more than 50 years is under threat of closing down due to a lack of leaders.

The 2nd Montrose Scout Group fears that due to a lack of leaders for the 2nd Montrose Beavers and Cubs that the club could fold in the next year as there are no youngsters to move into the scouting level and the current Scouts will be moving on in the next six months or so as they reach 14-years-of-age - the maximum age for a Scout.

The Beavers and Cubs, who both met on a Wednesday evening at Borrowfield Primary School, have already had their meetings suspended as no one has come forward to the take the reins.

For the time being, the Scout section will continue to operate out of the primary school on Wednesday evenings.

Scout leader Bill Scott said: “To put it bluntly, the group simply will not continue if leaders do not come forward for the Beavers and Cubs.

“If one section closes it has a ripple effect - if the Cubs close, there’s nowhere for the Beavers to go and no children to feed into the Scouts.

“It’s for the benefit of the youth in Borrowfield and the surrounding area. It may not be your children but it could be your grandchildren or other relatives.

“The children all enjoy coming to the sections, so please get involved and keep it going or maybe even make it better.

“By being a leader there’s a feeling of doing something for the community”

He explained: “The group has been in existence more than 50 years and at one time met in one of the huts that had previously been part of the Montrose aerodrome since the 1950’s. They went into abeyance for a period and re-started again around 1982 at Borrowfield Primary School.

“At one time there were two Cub packs associated with the group due to their popularity, meaning some 40 plus boys (as it was at the time) must have attended the Cubs alone.

“Earlier this year numbers in the group were still healthy with the group catering for 40 plus young people, both boys and girls, through the Beaver, Cub and Scout sections.”

If anyone is interested in becoming a leader get in touch with Bill on 01674 676436.