In January 2015 phase 1 of our Bigger & Better Campaign, to re-develop the scout hut was complete with the opening and naming of the new building – 1st Place. It is now a first class facility for Scouting providing a large, clean, warm, dry and safe place for our 6-17 year-olds to have fun and enjoy the scouting adventure with their friends.
Phase 2 of our Bigger & Better Campaign, requires more elements to complete this facility:
- Completely new external stores. These will be used to dry store our tents over the winter (the current stores don’t guarantee dry storage), drying facilities for the tents when they come back wet from camps (prior to our build we dried them in the scout hut, but this is no longer viable) and shooting facilities (turning the storage area into a covered butt for shooting and archery. The estimated price for this is £25,000 for a metal, insulated building with a pitched roof.
- Folding partition walls within the main hall. We need, at times, to be able to separate the main hall into two smaller rooms. This helps with separating activities during evenings, or for concurrent meetings to take place – for instance the Exec meeting at the same time as Cubs or Explorers. The folding partition walls would allow this flexibility. The estimated price for this is £8,000.
- Canopied patio. With two rooms we need to allow a way for each room to access the services (toilets, etc) and this will be done through a patio running the length of the frontage, covered to allow all-weather passage. The canopy would also offer an excellent location for outdoor activities for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, whatever the weather, during summer or winter (when the external lights are on). Estimated price for this work is £9000, but we hope to reduce this with volunteer labour and free-cycled slabs for the patio.
Our leaders need all these 3 facilities in order to continue to provide top-quality scouting to our Beavers, Cubs and Scout so, to make this happen, we need to continue the great effort everyone has already put into volunteer to help with fundraising and organising events.
The simplest way to help is by making a single donation via our BT MyDonate site. Or if you are doing something worth sponsoring, you can link us to your event so that all money raised comes to this great cause.