A WEARDALE cub scouts group is to restart in the new year.

The scout movement has 15,000 people waiting to join nationwide, but the organisation is struggling to find leaders in many areas – including Weardale.

The last leader of Stanhope’s cub scout movement, which was established in 1977, retired due to work commitments, which left the town’s scouts leaderless for a couple of years.

The training programme the cub scouts go through earns them badges and awards from traditional activities such as mapping and camping to modern skills like computing.

The new leader of the Stanhope group, John Anstee, has been in the scout movement in Weardale for a number of years.

He said: “Cubs and beavers will be the only movement with a youth group that’s still running in Stanhope and upper Weardale, and hopefully it keeps going.”

Leaders must have first aid training certificates, and there cannot be more than six cub scouts per adult.

There are currently 12 positions in the cub scouts, but places are going fast.

The group meets on Monday evenings at the church hall in Stanhope, with cub scouts meeting at 6.pm and the scouts at 7.30pm.

For further information, or to sign up, contact Mr Anstee on 07585-327900 or email jd.anstee@btinternet.com.