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New Minibus for New Adventure

posted 12 Apr 2014, 08:28 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 12 Apr 2014, 08:46 ]
Around 70 people attended the launch of 3rd Washington Scouts new minibus, including young people, adult leaders, supporters and members of the local community at St Andrew's Church in Concord, Washington.

The event was a huge success and a photographer from the Sunderland Echo and Washington Star attended to share our success locally and to find about the opportunities for young people that scouting offers. Check out the coverage in the Washington Star and Sunderland Echo.

During the evening, Rev Dallin from St. Andrews offered a blessing and thanks for the vehicle, and helped us remember how we would use it to support the growth and development of young people in Washington.

The vehicle, which carries ‘adventure’ branding, is a 17 seater minibus with wheelchair-carrying capacity and replaces our 07 minibus which has been sold to 1st Fatfield Scouts effectively doubling the transport we have available to the troop.

The purchase of the minibus is part of the continuing development plan of the group, which has seen a year on year growth in young people enjoying scouting at 3rd Washington for the last 10 years, and boys and girls now enjoy scouting in 2 beaver colonies, 2 cub packs and 2 scout troops based at Oxclose Primary School and St Andrew’s Church in Concord.

Scouts is all about adventure, whether it is a beaver scout experiencing a first night away from home, a cub scout reaching the very top of the climbing wall, or a scout having their first trip abroad, adventure is at the heart of the group’s programme.

Emily Bowdon, 14, a scout in the group said,

“It’s great to see the bus on the road with the images on the side, they really capture the fun we have at scouting doing some amazing activities like climbing and abseiling, rafting and exploring, biking and zorbing”

Angela Delamaine, a parent and a supporter of the group said

“As a parent watching my son grow up as part of the scout group, I have seen his confidence grow as he’s been able to try new experiences such as recently spending his first weekend away as a scout. The new minibus will ensure that others can have the same opportunity and enjoyment from scouting.”

3rd Washington Scouts is an active group, with young people enjoying a new challenge every week as part of a busy programme. Around 40 adult volunteers lead the adventure and work to make scouting possible as many young people as possible.