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Charing Scout Group - building a new scout hut

(Kent)

The current scout hut is over 50 years old and in poor state and without inside toilets. We have commenced the construction of a new hut and work is underway with volunteers. The Community Award will allow us to fully equip the hut with a disabled toilet and cooking facilities. Opening up our new scout hut will be of enormous benefit to the 80 scouts, cubs and beavers and 20 volunteer leaders, as well as those who aspire to join the scouting movement.

Our goals:

  • It will enable us to provide a scout hut that is fully equipped with a disabled toilet, cooking facilities and a safe storage for LPG for use in cooking.
  • It will help complete the new hut project and give a boost to all the volunteer workers who are helping to build the new hut. The project will definitely move forward more speedily if this grant was awarded. It will enable the Scout Group to offer places to those on the waiting list so being a real benefit to the community and may well become a source of inspiration for other youngsters to join
  • It will enable the leaders to grow numbers and help the scouts, cubs and beavers to develop their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential and to play a positive part in the local community
£5k project Currently ranked 1 in Community Groups

How we will achieve our goals

It will enable certain activities to be undertaken by specialists where volunteers do not possess the appropriate skills. In fact it could be the difference between an excellent new scout hut and a poorer quality establishment created over a much longer time frame. It will be motivational for all of the band of current fundraisers.

Where the money will go

There are nearly 400 people below the age of 16 in the parish of Charing. 80 of those are in the current group of scouts, cubs and beavers. Waiting lists are lengthening as the hut is not large or safe enough to take on more but the planned new one will. Around 250 new houses are planned and more children will come to the village and want to join.

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