Adults encouraged to join the Scouting adventure

LISBURN and District Scouts are seeking adults to help with the adventure of Scouting in various roles within the movement locally.   

Noel Irwin, the District Scout Commissioner for the Lisburn area, said: “Youth membership within the area has grown from strength to strength over the last number of years, all down to the quality of leaders involved, their time, commitment, energy and enthusiasm.

“However, the huge expansion in our youth membership has not been matched by that in adults.”

In an open invitation through local churches, businesses, linked organisations and the public, Noel said: “One of the biggest myths about Scouting is that Groups are closing due to a lack of young people wanting to become members. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“Scouting in the UK, including Lisburn and District, is a growing movement, evidenced by the growth in our numbers over the last number of years, but we now need to recruit more adults to help manage this growth.”

Noel advises that no previous Scouting experience is needed – “simply buckets of energy, enthusiasm, an appetite for adventure coupled with a healthy interest in children and young people”.

Scouting promotes the development of young people - aged four to 25 - in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

The Movement takes young people from all backgrounds, faiths and creeds and, through a structured programme of games, learning activities and adventures, tries to enable each young person to grow.

“Scouting offers bridges to a world of social involvement and inclusion through education and activity. It teaches us the basic values of respect for others and ourselves, so vital in the world we live in today,” said Noel.  

Any interested adults can contact Noel on 0845 0943251 or