A new independent version of the Scouts has arrived in Huddersfield.
The first local group of UK Navigators has been launched in Denby Dale and Clayton West.
Chair of the Group, the 1st Upper Dearne Valley Navigators, Maria Glover, said: “UK Navigators is an independent form of scouting.
“It has been imported from the USA where many people had become disenfranchised with the Scout movement in the USA and its barriers to membership.
“The result was the establishment of the Navigators, a movement open to all races, religions and genders.”
Two of the leaders of the new group, Ewan and Fiona Scott, have come on board after recently leaving Clayton West Scouts following almost two decades of service.
Both had intended to lead a quiet life out of Scouts.
Said Ewan: “Parents, young people and friends asked us to get involved.
“With such wide support we felt obliged to create a provision where everyone was happy and where we could continue to provide the activities and services we had been providing so successfully for almost 20 years.”
Since starting out in early June the group has organised hikes, kayak training, backwoods cooking, falconry, shooting, archery sessions and a bike ride. It has also planned its first weekend camp in September.
The group currently caters for the 10 – 18 age group, and meets at the Savoy Centre in Skelmanthorpe when it is not out enjoying outdoor activities. Plans are progressing for a meeting place for a younger section, aged 8 – 10 if a leader can be found.
The group is now taking new members. Fees are £30 per year for insurance and pay as you go for other meetings and activities. Info: www.upperdearnevalleynavigators.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org