£5,000 awarded to 1st Crowborough Scouts

1st Crowborough Scouts headquarters, Whitehill Road, Crowborough

1st Crowborough Scouts headquarters, Whitehill Road, Crowborough

1st Crowborough Scouts are grateful for the support of Crowborough Town Council.  The Scout group are one of a number of local voluntary organisations and charities to have recently been awarded a grant.

Crowborough Town Council logoThe Group, which is thought to be the third largest in the country, will get £5,190 at the start of the next financial year.  £2,000 will be used to rectify damp problems at the Scout Hall at the top of Whitehill Road, the remaining £3,190 will be used towards new camping equipment.

The Group said they were grateful to receive such a significant amount of money from the Town Council.  The funds will be put to good use in providing a good balanced programme for our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.  It allows the group to plan further forward than what we are used to.

Matt Grumbell, who has recently stood down as Group Scout Leader after a couple of years in the role, said:

We have equipment, tents and of course a HQ that in

Matt Gumbrell

Matt Gumbrell

part requires replacing or maintaining.  Due to the nature of our equipment and the use it gets from the youngsters of Crowborough the equipment has to be good quality and this comes at a premium where replacements are often out of our reach financially.

The Scout Headquarters, at the top of Whitehill Road, was opened 45 years ago after 6 years of fundraising at a cost of about £10,000.  Links to The Courier newspaper article of the opening and a photo of the old scout hut can be found on the Memories of Crowborough/Rotherfield Facebook group.

Matt, who will continue as an Assistant Scout Leader, added:

This capital injection together with our ongoing fund raising events will allow the Trustees, Executives and Leaders to agree the best and most affective way for future spending plans ensuring that our equipment and HQ remains fit for purpose and allows our volunteers to provide challenging and exciting events.

1st Crowborough Scouts have about 270 children and Leaders involved, and the money will have a positive influence on children and adults alike who are members of the Group.  Children can join as Beavers from 6 years old and continue until aged 18 as Explorers, and older as young Leaders.

The Group provides a safe and secure platform for the children, and in some instances the leaders, to experience new and exciting activities that simply would not be possible as an individual.  It has the support of Scout Association and vast wealth of experience that is shared through out the movement. The Group is about the 3rd largest Scout Group in the country and we are the size of a primary school.

The money awarded will also be regarded by the volunteers of 1st Crowborough Scout Group as recognition of the effort they put in with the support shown by our Town Council.

If you are interested in joining the Beavers, Cubs or Scouts, or would like to volunteer as a Leader or helper, take a look at the website for more information: www.1st-crowborough-beavers-cubs-scouts.org.uk.  1st Crowborough Scout Group are eager to recruit an enthusiastic person to lead a new Beaver Colony, as there is currently a waiting list of boys and girls aged between 6 and 8 waiting to join.  No previous Scouting experience necessary as full training would be given.

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