Nottinghamshire Scouts

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SCOUTS OPEN BRAND NEW ACTIVITY CENTRE TO PROMOTE ADVENTURE AMONGST NOTTS YOUNGSTERS

• 2500 Hours of Action over last 7 months by a team of 30 super-human Scout Volunteers pays off as brand new activity centre opens this weekend.

• The Scouts’ investment in the 150 Acre Lake and site is at the heart of the charity’s latest bid to provide more of the outdoor and adventurous activities that young people want.

• Brand new Scout Activity Centre will unlock 75 additional adventurous activity sessions for 950 children and young people from across the Nottinghamshire Scouts over the next 12 months.

Following months of planning, hard work, fundraising and great fun, the Nottinghamshire Scouts officially open their new Adventurous Activity Centre this weekend with 60 young people.

The new centre will provide a range of adventurous activities; from ‘come and try’ activity days for children as young as 6 years old to earn badges and awards, to nationally accredited advanced courses in canoeing and sailing for teenagers. There will also be specialist training programmes to enable adult volunteers and older youngsters to achieve approved instructor status so they can pass on their skills to younger children.

Alex Holliday, age 16, Explorer Scout from Mammoth Explorer Scout Unit said “It’s awesome to have this activity centre within Nottinghamshire so we can try lots of different water sports and also learn the skills to safely explore local walking and climbing routes”

Jordan Phillips, County Youth Commissioner for Nottinghamshire Scouts, said: “This new Activity Centre is a fantastic place for young people to experience adventure close to home”

A team of 30 adult volunteers have donated over 2,500 hours of their time and energy to transform the former stone pit lake into the new activity centre. They have used 500 tonnes of stone to create a new road, build a traffic bridge to access the new centre; complete with classroom, changing and shower facilities, created a new footpath for local residents and have planted 500 new trees.

Chris Clifford, from the Activity Centre, said “ We are amazed at the support we have received from our Volunteers, funders and local companies, to create this from nothing in such a short time would not have been possible without all their help. We can't wait to get out on the water!”

The Nottinghamshire Scouts, who have part-funded the £65,000 project, are rightly proud of their most recent investment, explains Head of Nottinghamshire Scouts, Matt Rooney, who said: “Scouting is all about giving children and young people skills for life. Our new activity centre is an amazing place, which will continue to develop and evolve to ensure it continues providing adventures to our Scouts for years to come. I am hugely grateful to the committed team of volunteers who have now made their amazing vision a reality.”

Other funders, include Dunn Family Trust, Edith Murphy Foundation, JN Derbyshire Fund, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and Co-op Community Fund

To find out more information about the Activity Centre or to book sessions please visit www.nottsscoutsadventure.org.uk