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Cub crisis

PUBLISHED: 15:30 05 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 March 2010

A CUB pack which has seen its numbers dwindle to just three boys fears it will have to fold unless more lads join up.

While most packs struggle to persuade parents to take up posts as leaders to keep them going, the 7th Felixstowe has dedicated leaders, but not enough boys.

A CUB pack which has seen its numbers dwindle to just three boys fears it will have to fold unless more lads join up.

While most packs struggle to persuade parents to take up posts as leaders to keep them going, the 7th Felixstowe has dedicated leaders, but not enough boys.

While the boys who are left still have plenty of fun, the fact that there are so few of them has limited their opportunities for games and some activities.

The pack has now launched a membership drive to recruit more – and feels there must be lads in its area who would like to be cubs.

"The pack was fine until about two years ago and then numbers started to drop. Boys went up to join the Scouts and we have just not had enough new ones starting," said Akela Sue Algar.

"Now we have just two boys left and unless we get some more soon, then we will have to close.

"That in turn could affect the Scout pack, which has about 12 boys at the moment, as they will have no cubs coming up to join them.

"We feel there must be some boys out there who would be interested in joining cubs – our catchment area includes Cavendish Park, and there must be lots of families with young children in this area.

"We have enough leaders, and we have been to carnivals and fetes to try to promote the pack, but it seems ridiculous that we just cannot get the boys."

Until a fortnight ago there were just two cubs – Daniel Dobson and Jamie Jones, both ten – but now they have been joined by new recruit James Cuthbert, and hope more will soon follow.

"We have a lot of fun but it would be so much better if there were a lot more of us," said Jamie, who said sessions include crafts, cooking, and working for badges in a variety of activities.

The 7th Felixstowe has its own headquarters and grounds along Cemetery Path, just off Mill Lane and behind Langley Avenue, where it meets on Tuesdays between 5.30pm and 7pm.

Anyone who would like to find out more about joining should go along to one of the meetings or can contact Sue Algar on 01394 275226 to find out more.

The pack caters for boys aged eight to ten, who enjoy a variety of activities, crafts, games, and taking part in outside events, including town, district and countywide scouting activities with other units.

WEBLINK: www.scoutbase.org.uk

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