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    [Answered] Age Ranges and the challenges they pose

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    I am a Sea Scout Leader. While I am working with the current age ranges I have to let you know that they do cause particular problems for Sea Scouts. Under the old ages our older Scouts were able to hold Water authorities, they helped to pass their skills on during a Troop night. We run several different courses including RYA (adult curriculum not juniors) and also BCU, and by the time the Scouts are old enough to get qualified for a permit they are off to Explorers or leave the Group.
    I realise you can't change it back again easily, but could you think about it? Most of the changes seem to have been brought in to aid small groups, possibly inner city groups who are struggling. I have a Scout Troop of 65 who all meet on the same night, our Explorer Unit is now running at 24, our Cub Pack at 36 and our Beaver Colony at 24, all sections except Explorers have waiting lists. We need more Leaders and are working on that, but if we could have kept our Older Scouts, it would help so much more!What are your thoughts on this issue?

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    Please post any discussion here:

    http://www.escouts.org.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=5541

    This thread awaits Peter's reply

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    Thanks Richard, the question is 'aimed' at Peter.

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    Hilary,

    I think your question has posted a very interesting thread. I would argue that a connection between age ranges is important and there is flexible approach to when they leave or move up. I have never run a troop but I know a lot of young leaders come from having worked their way up through the age groups and it is important they have responsibilty for leadership to keep them inspired.

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    I would agree with you that there needs to be flexibility, however, competitions are now using 14 as the cut off for Scouts and if the YP stayed with the Troop they could be competing in a team of Explorers they don't know. Never any easy answers, but please can the 'powers that be' bear this thread in mind when thinking of change?

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