While the 1st Ashburton Scout Group is going from strength to strength with its scout troop, things are far from rosy for its cubs and beavers.

Their leaders have moved and a long-running search to find replacements has so far yielded no one.

Acting leader Jane Gourd, Wolf to her young charges, said the end was in sight unless someone stepped forward soon.

'I can see that unless we have two new leaders, preferably three, within the next few months they will have to close,' she said.

'There are 21 cub scouts and ten beavers. they almost certainly wouldn't be able to join other groups, I don't think.'

Training and police checks take several weeks to complete. uniforms and back-up from experienced leaders come with the positions.