CHATS between parents at the school bus stop have spurred a collection of Golden Plains residents to start their own cub-scout group for children in the region.
The group of parents are launching the Dereel-Enfield Scout group which will be based out of Harrison Hall Reserve in Enfield.
Parent Stephen Kent said he, along with other parents in the region, had to travel either up to an hour in Geelong, or up to an hour to Ballarat to take their children to cubs and scouts.
"There has been a really great local response and the shire has even come on board to provide the group with its own scout hall," Mr Kent said.
"My kids have been at cub level and it is a long way to travel and then a lot of the activities they do are based around the Geelong region, so it becomes very difficult for them to be able to always attend.
"We need something around the Rokewood, Dereel and Enfield area."
Mr Kent said two come-and-try evening will be held on January 17 and 24. Cubs are children aged 8-11 while Scouts are children aged 11-14.
"At the moment, we're looking at a about dozen kids who have already shown a real interest, but we know it's a much wider need for the region," he said. "For rural kids, there's less and less things available for them to do due to things like insurance and the fact we don't have as many volunteers as you used to have.
"Growing up we had tennis clubs, footy clubs, there's less of those, now everything is computer based. But Cubs and Scouts are a well established group that can offer a social type of education."
Mr Kent said he had been thrilled by the amount of interest the Golden Plans community had given him and was keen to get volunteers involved that wish to be trained as Cub and Scout leaders.
The Dereel-Enfield Scout group will start in the second week of the first school term.
For full details and more information about the come and try evenings or joining the group, contact Stephen Kent on 0408 762 117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org