Be prepared for a Scout takeover on 4th March

Wasps are throwing their support behind efforts to shorten the region’s waiting list for young people wanting to join the Scouts.

Warwickshire Scouts currently have a waiting list of around 500 people aged six to 18-years-old, and need at least 50 additional volunteers to clear this list.

It comes after figures released by the Scout Association in 2017 showed a 7.8 per cent year-on-year increase in membership numbers across the UK, which currently stand at around 618,000.

To help spread awareness, more than 1,100 Warwickshire Scouts members and their families will be taking over the Wasps Nest Fan Village in the Ericsson Indoor Arena ahead of Wasps’ Aviva Premiership clash against London Irish at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday, March 4 (kick-off 3pm).

From 12.30pm until 2.30pm, families will be able to try their hand at four different activities which include soft archery, indoor caving, a 70 ft obstacle course and a challenge to build the tallest spaghetti and marshmallow tower.

Warwickshire Scout’s appearance at the Ricoh Arena comes off the back of Wasps donating £2,000 to the group via the club’s cashback scheme, which enables groups such as the Warwickshire Scouts to claim back a percentage of every ticket that they sell.

Wendy Williams, deputy commissioner at Warwickshire Scouts, said: “The Scouts are experiencing a surge in popularity – fuelled by celebrity endorsement – and as such we are desperately seeking adult volunteers who can give up some of their spare time to help make a difference to young people in the region.

“We are grateful to Wasps for giving us an opportunity to showcase what we are all about to thousands of new people.

“The activities we have on display at the Ricoh Arena will show that Scouting is all about a physical challenge, team work, trying new things and having lots of fun and adventure as a fully inclusive organisation for young people and adults alike.”

Wendy is also tasked with helping to organise the Get In 2018 camp, which will see 4,000 Warwickshire Scouting members come together at Bramcote Barracks between Friday, May 18 and Sunday, May 20 to take part in a variety of outdoor challenges. 

She added: “Wasps inviting us down to the game couldn’t have come at a better time, as it’d be great to recruit some additional volunteers in time for the Get In camp, which has been two years in the planning, and we will also be able to put all of the £2,000 raised towards it too.”

Verity Brown, events and match day marketing manager at Wasps, is urging fans to pay a visit to the Wasps Nest Fan Village on match day.

She said: “If you want to warm yourself up for the rugby, then a visit to the next fan village is a must.

“As well as taking part in the activities, we’d also urge as many parents to consider whether they can give up some of their spare time to enable hundreds of local children to be able to join the Scouts.”

For more information about the Warwickshire Scouts visit www.warwickshirescouts.org.uk, and for more information about the Get In 2018 camp visit www.getincamp.co.uk  

Tickets for Wasps v London Irish are available from www.wasps.co.uk starting from £21 for adults, while under-10s go free in some areas of the stadium.