1st Clipstone Scout Group get kayaking lifeline
Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support scheme has donated £500 to 1st Clipstone Scout Group to fund kayak equipment including lifejackets, safety helmets and emergency throw lines.
Having over 65 youth members and a number of voluntary adult support staff, 1st Clipstone Scout Group has had a long history of kayaking activities and kayak skills have become an integral part of its programme of events.
With two group leaders trained in kayak instruction, the group’s main aim is to re-establish participation in kayaking for young people in the local area. Its new equipment will help to deliver a programme which will involve safety training and capsize training at local swimming baths, a normal practice which was done by the group for over 20 years with its original kayaks. The programme will also allow the scouts to go on trips, take part in competitions, and gain awards and badges, as well as give other leaders the opportunity to train as kayak instructors.
James Gibson, group leader at 1st Clipstone Scout Group, explained how it has become increasingly difficult to raise funding for the group although membership continues to rise:
“With effort we have managed to continue our fundraising to cover the everyday operational costs of the scout group. The difficulty is that we are unable to raise extra funds to make larger purchases such as the renewing of our kayak equipment. It had come to a point where our old fibreglass kayaks could not be repaired anymore. That’s why we are incredibly grateful to the Mansfield for donating these funds to help us get back on the water.”
Richard Crisp, Commercial Development Executive at the Mansfield said “Providing kayak equipment means that the group can now help more children every year learn new skills and enjoy taking part in an activity which they may not otherwise have the opportunity to try. We will be looking forward to seeing some photos of everyone out on the water soon!”
Picture: The Mansfield's Commercial Development Executive Richard Crisp with members of the 1st Clipstone Scout Group
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