Volunteer shortage leads to Scouting cuts

P.E.I.'s Scouts Council says a shortage of volunteer leaders has meant another cut to programming this year.

P.E.I.'s Scouts Council says a shortage of volunteer leaders has meant another cut to programming this year.

Ted Cross, past council commissioner for Scouts Canada on P.E.I., told CBC News four groups on the island have completely folded. Others that once offered programming at the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts levels now only have enough volunteers to lead one level.

"We need people to step forward, and this year it seems to be a little worse than other years where people are leaving," said Cross.

"As they leave, we're not getting people to replace them.  And as you get parents working and dual income families, people just don't have time."

Cross said over the past two years there's been a 40 per cent drop in the number of participants and volunteers on P.E.I. He maintains there are still plenty of young people interested, but they just need adults to lead them.

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