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New Beaver Colony Opens in Hetton

posted 14 Jan 2013, 05:39 by Jonathan Chicken
st Eppleton Scouts recently celebrated the launch of a new beaver colony, the first in Hetton, as 14 beaver scouts made their beaver scout promise at the old pit wheel in Hetton Lyons Country Park.

Proud beavers, their parents and members of the local community will come together for a very special ceremony to mark the investiture of the first beavers to the new Eppleton based colony. The outdoor venue will give just a taste of the adventure that will follow for the young people and has been chosen because of the group’s presence within the local community.

The colony is part of 1st Eppleton Scouts and is based at the group’s headquarters in Hetton-Le-Hole. The colony gives more children in area the chance to make friends, play games, go on visits and help others. Beaver scouts can expect a new adventure every week including attending their first “sleepover” tonight, an amazing first night away from home.

1st Eppleton Scouts has successfully grown to having 70 young people and adults enjoying scouting every week, that’s a rate of 365% in the last year. The new beaver colony completes the scouting family at Eppleton as there is now provision for young people aged 6 all the way to 14.

The new colony has been made possible by new volunteers coming forward to take on leadership and support roles in the group. The new volunteers have brought a real buzz to 1st Eppleton and with so many parents of young people and family members coming taking up roles, there’s a real community developing around the group.

Tracey Lukeman, a volunteer in the beaver colony from Hetton said:

“I gain a huge amount of enjoyment from my role working with young people and it fits nicely around my busy lifestyle, being able to volunteer flexibly is the way forward.”

She added: ‘Prior to joining 1st Eppleton, I had been involved as a parent helper in scouting and since taking on a full appointment I’ve already enjoyed a huge amount of support and friendship in the group and the district.”

Councillor Robert Heron, said:

“It’s thanks to new volunteers like Tracey that scouting is strong in area and that more young people are enjoying scouting than ever before and it’s a real pleasure to be invited to the ceremony. I would ask anyone with time to spare and a desire to help young people to think about volunteering with the scouts. Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they can to help."

To find out more about volunteering opportunities in Hetton and Houghton-Le-Spring, please visit, or call 0845 300 1818.