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News Archive > General > Councillors boost local Scout group

Councillors boost local Scout group

By Beth Perry 17th April 2019

Councillors boost local Scout group
Photo: Beth Perry

A NEWQUAY Scouting group has been given a boost following a donation from local councillors.

The members of 1st Newquay Scouts say they are ‘delighted’ with a donation of £1,896 which has been made by local Cornwall councillors as it will enable them to take the entire troop away for a camping trip.

Councillors Geoff Brown, Mark Formosa, Joanna Kenny and Olly Monk all used their community chest grants to donate to the group after an expansion meant they needed new equipment.

With a new group of about 20 Scouts, the troop now has more than 40 members who will be going to the forthcoming summer camp and so the donation will help them purchase a new tent and outdoor equipment.

Richard Adams, chair of 1st Newquay Scouts, said: “The group has been expanding, which is fantastic news, but it means we need more tents and bits and pieces to be able to take all of our members away at the same time.

“It’s great we’re being supported by our Cornwall councillors as it means we can continue doing this and working with local children.”

Another leader of 1st Newquay said: “We need about £2,500 to purchase four more patrol tents and thanks to the councillors we are now more than halfway there. We will be bag packing in Morrisons in May to collect the rest of the funds.

“Thank you to the councillors for their support, it means so much to us and to our young members.”

Cllrs Brown and Formosa attended a recent meeting at the Scout hut where the Scouts showcased their tent assembling skills and thanked the councillors for their donation.

Cllr Brown said: “I was delighted to fund the Newquay Scouts who do so much to support our young people and develop their skills of independence and community spirit.

“The visit to the Scout hut brought back memories of my own time as a Scout in the very same building some 55 years ago!”

Addressing the Scouts and their families at the celebration event, Cllr Formosa said: “As a youth I was in the Scouts in Newquay and I am well aware of the valuable work the movement does.

“I can’t think of a better use for the community chest scheme and I know the big tent that has been purchased as a result will be put to good use at the coming summer camp.
“The skills and qualities you are learning now will stand you in good stead for the rest of their lives.

“These are the qualities of being prepared, leadership, teamwork and, above all, friendship.”

By Beth Perry 17th April 2019

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