“The generous grant made by the PGM Fund will make a huge difference to our ability as a Sea Scout Group to expand the range of water activities and training that we are able to offer.

Unusually for a Sea Scout Group, we have always had to borrow or hire safety boats but having our own boat will mean that we can now run safe water activities and expeditions much further afield, especially to the larger lakes. In so doing we will broaden the challenges and experiences available to our young people. For example, we have planned to take six Explorer Scouts to Loch Lomond in August to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award sailing and camping expedition. On such a large expanse of water, this would not be possible without having appropriate safety boat cover crewed by our RYA Powerboat Instructor qualified leaders. We will also now be able to take younger Scouts on canoeing expeditions to lakes like Windermere. Having access to the boat will also allow us to provide powerboat training and qualification to our young people, a key development achievement.

Presentation of the cheque to the 3rd Bingley (All Saints Parish Church) Sea Scouts.

In the photograph are from left to right :

Julie Antill, Beaver Scout Leader; Bob Antill, Lodge Secretary; David Sowden MBE, Group Scout Leader; Phil Taylor, Lodge Charity Steward; Mike Astley, Lodge DC and proposal seconder; Estelle Wilson, Sea Scout Leader; and Cameron Wilson, Sea Scout Leader.