Scouts walking 110 miles to raise money for new headquarters - The Leamington Observer

Scouts walking 110 miles to raise money for new headquarters

Laura Kearns 14th Oct, 2017   0

SEA Scouts are leaving water for land to walk 110 miles in three days.

A nine-strong team from 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts will walk from the charity’s headquarters in London to their scout hut in St Nicholas Park.

The nine scouts and four of their leaders will complete the walk in two relay teams – walking a total of 55 miles each.

The trek starts on Saturday (October 22) and will raise money towards a new scout hut and open air boatyard, which is expected to cost around £700,000.

The improvements will enable the group to take on some 50 extra members.

Scout Tom, age 13, who is taking part in the walk, said: “I want to do the sponsored walk because it is a really big challenge and will be a great life experience, although it will be very hard. I’m also doing it because we really need a new hut and this is a great way to raise money for it.”

The scouts are looking for sponsors for the event, with Lodders solicitors already jumping on board.

Event organiser and scout leader Polly Scurrah said: “Anyone who has been involved in scouting says what a difference it makes and how much youngsters get out of it. Organising a challenge like this seems daunting and will not only stretch the scouts but also the adults, but when you know how much the kids will get out of it, it makes it all worthwhile.

“They all want to raise money for our new hut so that we can keep providing sea scouting in Warwick for years to come and that will be a big motivator.

“I have been with the group since I was 10 and have seen so many kids go through the group, it would be fantastic to see improved facilities so that this can continue for years to come.”

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