Mary will take a top role with the scouts

AN MP is backing a campaign to increase involvement in the scouting movement.

Mary Glindon is to be made Northumberland Scouts’ first scouting ambassador.

The invitation came from Stephen Fallon, headteacher at St Stephen’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Longbenton, to help celebrate the school’s new Beaver Scout Colony and Cub Scout Pack, which he says are excellent examples of community scouting in action.

North Tyneside MP Mrs Glindon, pictured, said: “Scouting inspires young people and cultivates community and self-reliance but needs constant promotion to win new generations.”

Local district commissioner Michael Scollins was delighted when two of the school’s teaching assistants volunteered to become section leaders.

The sections will meet after school as part of the school’s extended provision, which makes life much easier for parents, leaders and the young people themselves.

Northumberland county commissioner Mrs Gwyn McKenzie said: “The support of the headteacher, governors and parents of St Stephen’s School is vital to the success of this new scouting provision.

“Everyone concerned deserves warmest congratulations.

“I look forward very much to watching these young people immerse themselves in the great game of scouting.

“We are also extremely grateful to Mrs Glindon for accepting the invitation to be our first scouting ambassador.

“The support of high profile individuals such as Mrs Glindon is vital to us as we seek to bring the scouting adventure to more and more young people.”

Mrs Glindon added: “The cubs and beavers of St Stephen’s showed great enthusiasm about the exciting programme of activities.”

“Being part of the Scout movement encourages their physical, mental, and spiritual development making for better and more constructive young citizens.”