A GROUP of Cubs are desperate for volunteers to keep the camp fires of the Scouting movement burning in Accrington.
The troop at St Paul's Barnfield is very popular but there is no Scout group for its members to move onto when they reach the age of 10.
Many young members are now nearing the age when they will be too old for the Cubs but a lack of volunteers means they will have to give up their Scouting activities if no-one can be found to lead the older age group in a newly-formed Scout group.
Karen Johnson, assistant Cub leader, said: "We are getting desperate now.
"We have enough boys to open a small Scout group but we will lose them shortly.
"They can stay in the Cubs until they are 10 but there's nowhere for them to go onto.
"It's the worst age possible to let them go. We need to keep them because the aim of Scouting is to make them worthwhile people.
"It's a shame we will lose them at 10-and-a-half if we can't offer them a Scout group.
"Our Akela Gerry Tipling gets inquiries but we have to offload them somewhere else."
Karen added: "The children are so disappointed. One wants to bring his friends along to Scouts but he can't.
"They keep asking when we are going to get Scouts going because they can do a lot more adventurous things like abseiling, potholing and weekend camps."
Karen said the voluntary position would be ideal for an ex-serviceman or Territorial Army member who likes outdoor pursuits.
They would have to pass a Criminal Records Bureau check, receive training and be able to give up regular time once a week.
For more information, or to volunteer your services, contact Gerry on 07942 042 813.