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Men must step up

Men step up. That’s the call of Assistant Chairman of Fund-raising for the Bridgetown Sea Scouts, Julian Trotman, as he received funding from the Royal Bank of Canada this week to help with the Hazelwood troops Easter camp this weekend.

While he offered support for the women who successful led scout troops, Trotman said it was unfortunate that with such interest being shown by the boys in sea scouts, that there were so few men coming forward to provide such instruction.

“We need to have more male leaders. The ladies are coming forward but the boys need men to mentor them as well. We need to have the men coming forward,” bemoaned the assistant chairman.

The group consisted of about 40 to 45 boys who met weekly at the Scout’s Hazelwood headquarters, which Trotman also said they wanted to try to spruce up since it was starting to show signs of ageing. He said they were making plans for upkeep of the area, as well as signage.

The funds from the bank would assist with their camp which will be held from March 29 to April 1, and would go some way towards helping them to get materials they needed like camping tents, life vests and jackets, a canoe and oars for sea training.

Branch Manager for Chelston Park, Collymore Rock, Allison Lynch expressed interest in the branch coming to speak to the boys at a future date, as the branch was right in the vicinity of the headquarters.

“RBC is proud to play its part in all aspects of youth development. We hope that this donation†can assist with the much needed camping equipment for their programme,” she stated. (LB)

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