THREE cub leaders at Tillicoultry Scout Group have been recognised for their volunteering efforts and for "inspiring a sense of outdoor adventure" in children.

Sam Hull and Evelyn Munro are stepping down from the position after giving 10 years each, while John Brannan is handing over the reins after five.

As they retire from the role, their dedication and time they have given to the youngsters was marked with a presentation at the AGM.

And Sandy Stewart, group scout leader, has credited them with helping with the immense growth of the group and said they will be missed.

He said: "Sam and Evelyn have provided an incredible 10 years service and John with five years service to the scout group.

"Allowing countless cubs that pass through their hut doors the opportunity to fun, challenge and adventure.

"They have provided a hugely varied programme for cubs to complete which undoubtedly has been behind the immense growth of the group over the years.

"They are champions of discovering talent and inspiring a sense outdoor adventure in so many children.

"I'm sure cubs past and present shall hold wonderful memories of their time with Sam, Evelyn and John – you will be dearly missed, thanks for everything."

Sam and Evelyn first got involved in the group a decade ago through their children and have been kept busy planning weekly sessions.

For Evelyn, it has given her the opportunity to get involved in activities she might not have done otherwise – such as camping, hiking and caving.

She said: "My most precious moments have been seeing the cubs faces – thrilled, excited and delighted with their personal efforts, that definitely made it all worthwhile."

Sam, who is also a teacher and is involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, was able to share her enjoyment of the outdoors with children.

Some of the highlights included seeing the youngsters embrace new experiences and taking them on the camping trips.

She reckons that, with a whole host of activities, the organisation is a good thing for both boys and girls to get involved in.

She said: "I just think it's an opportunity that opens doors to a lot of kids, so it's definitely something that I would recommend children get involved in.

"Just the different things that they get to do when they go on these trips.

"It's just things that [don't] occur in every day life but you get the opportunity to do it in Scouting.

She also said it can be "life-changing" for some of the youngsters.

Meanwhile, John started volunteering as a cub leader through his son and has thoroughly enjoyed passing on his skills.

A member of the Ochils Mountain Rescue Team, he has also been able to share his local knowledge with the youngsters.

Of moving on, he said: "In the five years it's been rewarding, it's been really good.

"It's been funny, it's been amazing – it's been tough at the same time.

"There's a lot of amazing youngsters in this village, just being able to be involved it has been quite humbling."