Scarf day to help promote Scouts

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Oamaru Scout groups are encouraging Scout members to get behind the new national scarf day on August 1.

The scarf day is an initiative brought about by Scouts New Zealand, with the aim of promoting Scouting.

Not only will the event be referred to as National Scout Scarf Day, but Scout members will also be advised to bring a friend to their next Scout meeting and if they join, the Scout who brought them along will receive a badge.

A competition is being held by the Scouts New Zealand youth governance body, for the most novel place to wear the Scout scarf, or the most notable celebrity to be spotted with when wearing the scarf. Ideas include wearing a scarf during a jump off the Sky Tower or on a visit to the Beehive. Oamaruvians with a scarf are being urged to join in.

St Patrick’s Scouts leader Tony Brady said the Scout groups in North Otago would be encouraging Scout members to wear the scarf.

“We have sent information out to schools letting them know that pupils could turn up to school on August 1 with a Scout scarf on and if they did, then the school knew why.”

Mr Brady said he was confident that the Scout groups and members would get behind the event.

“There will be many more days like these, but it’s important we support the first one and are hoping past and present scout members join the cause.”

Mr Brady said the idea was a great way to showcase Scouts.

“People are going to notice, because they will be more than likely to ask what the scarf is for.”

Taking part is not compulsory and Scout leaders will not mind if Scouts do not wear the scarf.

“It’s up to them,” Mr Brady said.

With around 400 groups and more than 20,000 current members, there is a good chance someone walking down a main street in your town will be wearing their Scout scarf.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – National commissioner Kelly Bleakley hopes there will be plenty of these scarfs on the streets of New Zealand come August 1.