Scout leader Sarah has been supporting her cubs and beavers through lockdown


Scout leader Sarah-Lyn Turner, from Northwood, has been volunteering with young people at 85th Milton Scout Group for 11 years – but her scouting journey began when she was just six years old.

By day the 29-year-old, known as Foxy in the scouting world, works as a graphic designer for Caudwell Children but in her free time she is arranging sleepover trips and getting crafty to keep her young people entertained each week.

For her dedication Sarah has been nominated for an Our Heroes Award in the Education Star category by Nicola Howell.

Nicola, a helper at the beaver group, said: “Sarah-Lyn has dedicated her life to ensuring that the children who pass through Milton Scout Group get a scouting experience that is second to none.”

Parent Sue Emery is also grateful to Sarah for the support she has given to her son Ben. She said: “She is one of the most hard working individuals that I have known, and to think that what she does in the scouting world is purely voluntary shows her enormous character as an individual.”

Sarah-Lyn loves organising outdoor activities for her beavers, cubs and scouts

Sarah said: “I started getting involved with scouting when I was six and I attended a group in Birches Head, which then moved to Milton. Then as I became an adult I decided to start getting involved as a volunteer and became an adult leader.

“What I love about it is what you can do for the children and the difference you can make. You can really push them and develop their confidence and help them gain different life skills.”

Sarah originally only looked after the beavers and cubs groups, but when the scout group was at risk of being cancelled she stepped in and took that group under her wing too.

She said: “There’s about 80 young people altogether across the three groups so it definitely keeps me busy. I have a great team and couldn’t do it without them, but it is hard work and you have to put the time in.

“We try and organise activities that they might not have done before, such as sleepover trips to places such as Legoland.

“Every young person is different, some prefer the outdoor activities whereas others like being crafty and creative. I like to guide meetings around what the children want to do to keep them interested.”

When the coronavirus lockdown came into place Sarah had to adapt her groups, something which she said was ‘surprisingly exciting’.

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She explained: “We have been running groups online over Zoom and we’ve probably got about a 70% attendance rate of our usual meetings which is really positive.

“Online isn’t for everyone but for our scout group, between 10 and 14 years old, it’s been great. The teenagers are very keen especially.

“Sometimes we will dedicate a whole session to earning a badge and other times I might give them things to do in their own time. I have lots of ideas to keep going for as long as we need to.

“Parents have said it’s been really good having the Zoom sessions because it gives the children a sense of normality each week. Even if everything else has changed, they can still have their weekly meeting and earn their badges, just in a slightly different way.”

Readers who want to make a nomination for the Our Heroes Awards should email jennifer.amphlett@reachplc.com with Our Heroes in the subject box.





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