Youngsters invited to join new ranger cadets group in Irthlingborough

Frontier Centre: Irthlingborough: Bishop of Peterborough Rt Rev Donald Allister officially opens footbridge over The River Nene linking Frontier Centre run by Rock UK to Stanwick Lakes'The Climbing tower 'Tuesday 8th May 2012
Frontier Centre: Irthlingborough: Bishop of Peterborough Rt Rev Donald Allister officially opens footbridge over The River Nene linking Frontier Centre run by Rock UK to Stanwick Lakes'The Climbing tower 'Tuesday 8th May 2012
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Youngsters are invited to join a new ranger cadet troop being launched in Irthlingborough this month.

The new group is aimed at boys and girls aged between eight and 17-years-old who are looking for a bit of adventure.

We are very keen to get kids away from their Playstation, X-Box and mobile phone and get them into the country

John Mander

Anyone joining the group will get to try a range of activities, including adventure training, orienteering, map reading, sailing, weekend camps, fieldcraft, conservation projects and sports.

The idea was first mentioned several years ago, but it is only after work and research was carried out in the past year that the idea has finally come to fruition.

John Mander, who is part of the Waterloo Drummers and has helped set up the new group, said: “When we heard about this idea, we thought it was a great opportunity to get youngsters involved in outdoor pursuits.

“We want to recruit 15 to 20 youngsters.”

He added: “We are very keen to get kids away from their Playstation, X-Box and mobile phone and get them into the country.

“We are encouraging youngsters to get involved.

“Many youngsters are very good at getting outdoors but too many stay indoors.

“There’s too many youngsters that don’t get out.”

Mr Mander said they have been working with a number of organisations who have been supportive of the project, including the Forestry Commission, Frontier Centre, Irthlingborough Town Council and East Northamptonshire Council.

Leaflets have gone out to houses in the Crow Hill area of Irthlingborough and Mr Mander said they had received quite positive feedback so far.

Mr Mander said: “There will be two groups, we shall be recruiting for eight to 11 and then from 11 to 17.

“At the moment I have got four adults interested in helping, but we are looking for both youngsters who are interested and adults who would like to volunteer.”

The first meeting will take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, October 22, at the Crow Hill Community Centre in Fettledine Road, Irthlingborough.

The new group is sponsored by Waterloo Academy Performing Arts.

Anyone interesting in joining the group or becoming an adult leader can call 01933 412099 or 07932 311028 or email Rangercadetsnorthants@gmail.com.

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