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Paint-balling, hill-walking, kayaking, trips abroad and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme are some of the things Caistor’s teenagers could do if they joined the Explorer Scouts.

An evening outlining what 14-18 year old boys and girls could do as members of the group was held at the Arts and Heritage Centre on Friday evening.

Giving an introduction was pilot James “Wings” Barnett, who is currently Scout leader of the 1st Grasby Scout Troop. He was joined by chemistry teacher Jan Waite, who is an assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme and an experienced outdoor activities leader.

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At present there is no Scouting provision in Caistor for people over the age of 14, but the Explorer Scouts have held talks about renting the Methodist Church Hall, fortnightly on Friday evenings.

Teenagers would have the chance to take part in water sports, camping and paint-balling, and be able to progress through the Scout Badge programme and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Fund-raising is an ongoing part of Explorer Scouting life, to raise money for equipment. Community projects are also an important element.

If enough teenagers show interest, it is possible the meetings might start as early as February, Mr Barnett said. For details, contact James on 07790 231816 or Jan on 01652 678637. Or you can email Vikingesu@gmail.com

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