‘Our programme is wide and varied,’ explains assistant group leader Tim Felton. ‘And our members get to experience water-based activities that are not easily accessible to many families,’ he adds.
With around 75 members, the group caters for young people aged 6 to 18. And recruits are drawn from all over West Auckland. The kids develop boating skills and work towards qualifications and badges. Furthermore, sea scouts learn about teamwork and develop citizenship and leadership skills.
Te Atatu Endeavour Sea Scouts are also active members of the community. Tim explains more, ‘We recognise how much the community supports us. So, it's a priority to give something back in return.’ You will find sea scouts taking part in community clean-up days, plus pest eradication schemes. What's more, the group features in the annual Te Atatu Peninsula ANZAC and Christmas parades.
Safety is a top priority, especially when out and about on the water. According to Tim, up to two safety boats accompany the kids, depending on the numbers taking part.
However, the engine on one of the safety boats was past its best and too expensive to repair. The group applied to the Your West Support Fund for help. And thanks to $5,000 of funding, a new outboard motor has replaced the tired old one. There was even enough to buy some new safety helmets for the young sailors.
'Thanks to the Your West Support Fund, we can continue to provide a fun and safe environment,’ says Tim.
Te Atatu Endeavour Sea Scouts is about to celebrate its 80th anniversary. Various events are in the pipeline to mark this significant achievement, so follow the Facebook page to keep updated.
The group would love to hear from anyone interested in becoming a leader. Scouting relies on volunteers to lead the programme, and it's a worthwhile, enjoyable experience. You will meet lots of new friends and make a positive difference in your local community.