Scouting Around in Andover's Chantry Centre a Great Success

Andover Scouts descended on the Chantry Centre last weekend to give Andover a flavour of today’s Scouting movement.

With lots of activities on offer, Andover Scouts demonstrated with ease what great fun they have being part of this long running and respected group.

Visitors were able to try a variety of activities, including the use of a climbing wall, a flight simulator and the popular loom band making!

Andover & Villages spoke to Dr Rebecca Ferris, who said of the day, “We had a wonderful day on Saturday. The sun shone from lunchtime onwards, bringing out many people into Andover Chantry Centre in the afternoon. We must have handed out 500 balloons to children and over 100 adult-volunteering information packs. One of our aims of the day was to increase the knowledge of Beaver Scouting for 6-8 year olds and to increase the awareness of volunteering opportunities within these groups. We offer flexible volunteering to help fit in with people’s busy lives. We believe that everybody has skills and interests that they can share and inspire young people with. There was an information stand on Beaver Scouting, as well as lots of activities inside and outside of the Chantry Centre, including Loom bands, Rope making, the Valley Leisure Climbing Wall and Archery. Chip the Beaver (the Hampshire Scouting Mascot) was there helping with the activities, and keeping the children and adults thoroughly entertained!

“We also had the Explorer Scout Leadership Team there to increase the knowledge of Explorer Scouting. The Explorer section in Scouting provides more adventurous activities for 14-18 year olds and so anybody with a love of fun and outdoor activities would really find it worthwhile volunteering to help this group. They meet on Wednesday or Friday evenings. There is never a dull moment within this group!”

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Thank you to Paul Scicluna for the pictures