Watch: Scout Group in fundraising bid to complete phoenix project in Kintore
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A local Scout Group are calling on the community to help them with vital fundraising as they seek to complete improvements to their facility in Kintore.
The group has undertaken an ambitious project over the last year of lockdown called Project Phoenix.
They have undertaken work to improve the facilities at the centre and although they have covered the majority of the £25,000 costs for works, they are still looking for around £5000 of funding to complete the kitchen refurbishment and to carry out installation of CCTV to protect the facilities after recent vandalism.
Incidents saw damage to work that had been completed outside, setting the project back in both time and money.
The original aim of the project was to transform the outdoor area so Kintore Scouting could rise from the challenges of Covid-19 allowing the leadership team to deliver an adapted and ultimately stronger program for our young people in years to come.
These changes would allow more camping, more activities during regular meetings, the ability to cover more skills outdoors during winter months with improved lighting and shelter from the elements.
In addition this would also make the facilities more community-focused and allow the lawn area to be used for events with access to water, shelter and power.
Scout leader Iain Troup explained: "On top of the money already raised and a grant awarded, we have set up a crowdfunding page as traditional fundraising methods of bag packs and so on are not available to us.
"We had enough to carry out most of the outdoor developments but are falling short of funding to complete the kitchen refurbishment and install CCTV after recent vandalism."
Current work has seen the group instal a new fence along the perimeter wall and provide a pathway for the public.
LED safety lighting has been installed to cover the outside area to improve overall security and both storage areas, shelters and new outdoor sinks have been added to help with activities and camping.
Internal work has seen a new safety flooring installed and outdated electrics replaced.
Work is also underway to make the kitchen fit for purpose and allow larger community events and camps to be catered for.
As Iain concluded: "These are some of the exciting changes we have been working on for the outdoor and indoor space at Kintore Scout Group.
"These will enable us to deliver a fantastic program for our young people in years to come."
To support the project visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/kintore-scout-group