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VOLUNTEERING for the guides is one of the most rewarding things you can do, according to local leaders.

Ahead of The Gazette’s Rainbow, Brownie and Guide supplement in tomorrow’s paper, dozens of troops have come forward offering stories about their history, and how being a member helps youngsters to become well-rounded people.

But leading a group can also be great fun, according to local councillor Sue Fowler, who led a Rainbow group in the 1990s.

Coun Fowler (right) said: “When my daughter, Lynne, was in the Rainbows on Lytham Road, I decided to become a volunteer. It’s an incredibly rewarding role – I watched the youngsters develop, and learn discipline and how to behave well.

“It’s something people should think about doing.”

And another leader, who saw her group flourish from just one Brownie to a healthy troop of 14, echoed the feeling.

Marie Hawkins, leader of the pack at Church Road Methodist Hall in St Annes, said: “People think at the end of the day, the last thing they would feel like is helping at a guide group.

“But face painting and having fun is the best way to wind down.”

The pack are also searching for younger members aged from seven, as most of the Brownies will be leaving this year.

Contact (01772) 854466.

n Don’t miss our special supplement (left) in The Gazette tomorrow