By Tomi Hernija & Mike Carr, 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group
The Water Rats (a.k.a 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group’s water activity unit) are ready and kitted out for another exciting year of water activities. After a very positive start last year, we plan to get over 250 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers “on the water” to experience traditional raft building, canoe/kayak trips and pool sessions running over the coming months.
During the off-season we have been busy sourcing equipment and have been able to amass a fleet of canoes/kayaks and safety equipment from local residents, work colleagues, Scout groups, youth groups, canoe clubs and a grant from the Spielman Trust for safety equipment. The generosity of donations and support has surpassed all of our expectations.
A big thank you to the West Country Water Park at Trench Lane for making the venue available to us and their ongoing support.
With our vision of building the unit and expanding the offering, we are always looking for new team members. All welcome – training giving – fun guaranteed! Please use the group’s website contact page to get in touch about volunteering opportunities: bradley-stoke-scouts.org.uk/join
P.S. If you have any sort of watersports equipment that needs a new home, e.g. canoes, kayaks, wetsuits, spray jackets, helmets, paddles, buoyancy aids, even rope, please also let us know via the website.
This article originally appeared in the May 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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