ABOUT 30 parents met last night to discuss the closure of their Scout group.
Last week the Leader reported members of the 1st Flint Beavers, Cubs and Scouts group had received letters and emails telling them the club was shutting down.
The final session is due to be held today.
Leaders at Clwyd Scouts, which oversees scouting clubs across North East Wales, said the decision was taken as leaders at the Flint group were lacking in training, including courses in child protection.
Concerns over the safety of children using the facility were also cited among their reasons.
The group held a meeting last night to discuss the situation and then issued a statement saying: “The 1st Flint Scout group leaders are very sad about the decision that has been made to close the scout group.
“The leaders involved with 1st Flint Scouts, Cubs and Beavers have always had the welfare and best interests of the young people who attend as their priority.
“The leaders at Flint Scout group have tried to negotiate a compromise to enable the group to remain open and allow the young people to continue to attend each week.
“Flint leaders offered to keep the group running for the short term while the district committee could find new leaders and then the current leaders would step down.
“Some leaders would be willing to support and assist the new adults and even help support them by running a committee.
“Once the group was running to the satisfaction of the district, then the current leaders would step down totally.”
The statement says the proposal was rejected and an alternative was put forward involving the appointment of 15 new adults to run meetings and form a committee to support the new leaders.
The statement says: “Some of the current leaders have been involved with the Scouts for over 10 years.
“The training requirement is therefore seven years overdue and the leaders cannot understand the urgency after all this time to close the group so quickly with just one week’s notice.
“The current leaders are sad to leave the group and will look back with fond memories of the many young people that have passed through the Scout movement.
“We all wish the young people all the very best in their futures.
“We hope that 1st Flint Scout group will be up and running again soon.”
The keys and all the paperwork held by group members will be handed over this evening.
It is anticipated parents are planning to attend to ask further questions over the closure.