44th Cerne Abbas Open Gardens 15 & 16 June 2019, 2-6pm
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Cerne Valley (boy and girl) Scout Group

The Scout Group continues to establish itself as a great influence on the young people of Cerne Abbas and its surrounding community. With the fantastic support of the "Open Gardens" the group has purchased equipment that has allowed our groups young people to experience camping and outdoor activities.

However for the Scout Group to maintain its success it needs to offer activities that can compete with TV, Computer Games and Pop Music, with that in mind we are embarking on fund raising events to raise funds to hopefully acquire specialist equipment to enable "Light Weight Camping" "Target Shooting" "Archery" and "Pioneering". These four areas will be our mission for 2017/2018.

Light weight tents will allow us to offer Senior Cubs and Scouts to take part in competitive over-night camping hikes, expeditions and Scout District and County events. These activities support our young people to develop in areas of independence, self-reliance, teamwork and character building.

Target Shooting encourages mental and physical self-control, responsibility and respect for others. Young People that show promise would be available to enter Scouting Competitions at District, County and National level. (A Scout who qualified for Team GB at the Rio Olympic Games was one-point off a Bronze medal).

Archery creates many qualities and skills important in the development of young people. Archery helps to create adventure and a sense of achievement and is open to Beavers, Cubs and Scouts alike. It also gives opportunity to build team spirit, self-control, responsibility and self-esteem and with an added caveat to expose them to Sportsmanship and Social graces.

Pioneering within Scouting has always been well received among young people, it offers that fascination of using Poles and Ropes to build structures, such as Platforms, Bridges, Aerial Runways etc. Working alone or in a team helps young people to develop so many kills and qualities.

All the above activities are encouraged and supported by the Scout Association. Our leaders are qualified and hold necessary certificates in Camping, Pioneering and Shooting. One of our Leaders is about to attend a course to obtain an Archery Qualification Certificate.

Estimated Start-Up costs to acquiring Activity Equipment is as follows: Light Weight Tents - £450.00 Target Shooting - £1,000.00 Archery-£1,000.00 Pioneering - £400.00