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Scout Centre 'prepared' for play

Published on Monday, 8th April 2019

MAD grant - scout centre prepared for play

A scout centre has improved its outdoor play equipment thanks to council cash.

With the help of a grant of  £4,500 from Hambleton District Council’s ‘Making a Difference Fund’ The Watson Scout Centre in Carlton in Cleveland has used the money to replace a worn out climbing frame and swing with a new state of the art ‘Pod Swing’.

The swing is designed for multiple users and encourages social play and physical activity which is also fun.  It is fully inclusive with comfort and security.

Over 1,200 young people use the activity centre each year for a residential experience.  It is available to not only Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Girl Guides, but is also used by local schools, Boys Brigades, Search and Rescue, Walking Groups, and Duke of Edinburgh Groups.

The centre which is run by a voluntary Management Committee provides 36 beds, communal lounge, dining room, kitchen, activity room, play area and a large camping field at the rear.  The play area is a very popular facility and the programme reflects this.

One of the Group Leaders last weekend remarked that the Pod Swing ‘was a great piece of equipment and enjoyed by all – good for wellbeing as it helped tire the young people out ready for bed’.

  • Cash for the Making a Difference scheme comes from ongoing cost savings that councillors are reinvesting into the local community. Each scheme must meet one of the council’s key priorities – driving economic vitality, enhancing health and wellbeing, caring for the environment and providing a special place to live.    And each must show that there is community involvement and represents value for money.