A Banbury Scout Group could be forced to close its Beaver section if it can not find a new leader to run the group.
The 2nd Banbury group meets every Monday from 6pm-7pm at Marlborough Road Methodist Church.
Current leader Sharon Flemming is hoping to find her replacement before she leaves for the USA – where her husband is from and her son was born– on December 20.
She said: “I have been with the group for about four to five years. It has been great to see the children grow up and leave to join up with the Cubs.
“We have asked everyone involved with the group as well as others in the area if they can help. We have got about eight weeks to get someone in.
“All the training will be paid for so we hope we can get someone soon but it has been difficult to find anybody.
“Before I took on this role I was a registered childminder so I was used to dealing with children as young as these.”
There are 24 children in the Beaver section of the group and they are aged between five and eight. Responsibilities of a leader include being CRB checked and first aid trained.
The Beavers enjoy a range of activities including making items and drawing as well as going on Scout trips throughout the year and playing games.
Theresa Cook, assistant Scout group leader, has paid tribute to Mrs Flemming’s work at the group. She said: “Over the past two years membership of the group has more than doubled, which is due in no small part to the commitment and enthusiasm of Sharon.
“She has also improved the visibility of the group in the wider community and is often the first to arrive and last to leave.
“She does everything possible to ensure the young people within the group gain the most from their Scouting experience.
“Everyone connected with the group and the wider scouting community wish her and her family well for their move to the USA.”
Anyone who can help the group should call Mrs Cook on 01295 279502 or visit www.2ndbanburyscouts.org.uk