THE 1st Charmouth Scout Group has announced some great news for parents who may have been put off allowing their child to join the organisation because of financial difficulties.
The group has been awarded a grant by The Dorset Community Foundation and Wessex Water Community Fund to ensure there are no barriers to teaching children ‘Skills for Life’ – the new slogan adopted by the Scout Association to describe the many benefits derived by its members.
Specifically, the grant will allow the Scout Group to subsidise termly subscriptions, provide extra subsidies towards the cost of camps and establish a Uniform Bank that can lend members shirts and jumpers. Current and potential members will be able to benefit from the grant.
Scout group leader Kevin Payne said: “Scouting is already great value but we know the termly subs and cost of the uniform may put some parents off letting their children give it a try.
“Luckily, this grant is specially aimed at supporting parents who may be disadvantaged or live in isolated areas.
“We appreciate that everyone finds discussing their financial situation a little awkward, but this new grant is there to help ensure none of our potential recruits or current members miss out on the many benefits of Scouting.”
If cost of the termly subscription or uniform is likely to mean your son or daughter is missing out on developing their ‘Skills for Life’, contact Kevin on 07976 534 517.