FOUNDED in 1908, for over a century 1st Llanelli’s Scout Group has been giving young people a small taste of adventure. Tonight, they will light the sky to celebrate Bonfire Night.
The Scout Group is home to around 160 young boys and girls and encourages them to put down their phones, pause the hunt for a Wifi connection and enjoy being outdoors. The group dabble their hands at just about anything from Hiking to Archery, Camping to Cooking and everything that comes in between.
This year the group celebrates its 110th anniversary by organising events such as tonight’s firework display, a talent show named ‘Scouts Got Talent’ and a recent workshop with Swansea Pipe Band where the children learned how to use bagpipes.
A recent study by the Mental Health Foundation, claims that around 1 in 10 children under the age of 14 will suffer from some form of mental illness in their adolescence. The study goes on to report that mental health was less far less prevalent in children who spend at least 5 hours a week outdoors. These outdoor experiences are said to encourage creativity, happiness and activity more than in the classroom.
Llanelli Group Scout Leader Rob agrees with these advantages and believes that ‘It’s great for their life skills: confidence, leadership, team building. We see shy kids thrive when they are trying new things and having new experiences.’
‘It’s a social environment where they are able to make new friends. For many of them it sets out their career paths, we’ve seen many boys who are now outdoor instructors and mountain leaders, but even out of these fields we’ve given them transferable skills that they can use in their future careers.’
The group encourages young people to undergo new challenges and experiences and maybe find something that they are truly passionate about.
‘We try a little bit of everything so there’s something to suit every child including things like: camping, jamboree-ing, football, pioneering, cooking, building fires, survival skills and puzzles,’ says Rob.
This belief and attitude of catering for all needs and representing all kinds of children transfers to 1st Llanelli Scout Group’s pricing strategy with the group aiming to be inclusive to all families.
‘We try and do most of our things for free. Anything else we try and fundraise for as we are very conscious that we have some families who have four children and cannot afford much. It is our primary concern to make sure that all families can come and join in our activities,’ states the Scout Group Leader.
And tonight’s firework display at Brynteg Farm in Furnace will be no different with tickets costing a mere £2.50. Doors open at 7.00pm and the fireworks will begin to decorate the sky at 7:30pm. Refreshments, hot dogs and bacon rolls will be available to purchase before and after the display so get down there for a welsh cake, a good chat and a beautiful array of fireworks.