The newest branch of the Scouts family tree

Squirrels. The newest branch of the Scouts family tree has landed in Blackpool - where 4-6 year olds can join in too.

This is an age when minds are fizzing, when energy and curiosity levels are sky high, when little lives are full of wow and wonder.

Leading the way was 7th Blackpool Scout Group based at the Freedom Centre on Langdale Road. Last week they launched with 7 young people who made up the first Squirrel Drey in Blackpool. They got stuck straight in and had lots of fun with paint, decorating biscuits to look like a squirrels face and playing with a parachute. The development officer, Jan Townley, for West Lancashire County Scouts was around to talk to the parents about what scouting is all about and gain their impression of the new section.

Gabby Howson-Tax, the Squirrel leader from Blackpool Scouts said ‘it was absolutely amazing to see our newest members laughing and smiling all night. I can’t wait to see how this journey will continue. Also our Squirrels have launched in the year of the group’s 50th anniversary!’.

Squirrels offers the best of Scouts – learning by doing and getting into the great outdoors – combined with early years best practice of storytelling, routine, and play. It’s a huge leap forward: the first new age range in 35 years. Why not jump in and get started? Join now!

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