12th Wicklow Scouts Bray have recently launched a campaign to secure a long-term home for the group.
The group currently operates at St. Peter’s Parish Hall. While the Parish, committee and staff have been unbelievably accommodating and good to the group, a new home must be secured if the group is to address its waiting list for new members.
On the evening, 12th Wicklow’s Beaver Colony proudly displayed a project of their ideal den, they had been working on with the help of Parent Clifton Rooney, an Art teacher in Presentation College Bray.
Speaking following the event, 12th Wicklow Leader Patricia McKenna stated-
“There is a huge demand for places in the group. We currently have 100 children on our waiting list. We would love to be in the position to offer everyone a place but due to our current location, places generally only become available when children move on to an older section. Leaders are kindly storing equipment in their homes and drying tents in their gardens but obviously this isn’t an ideal situation.”
“12th Wicklow Scouts are in the process of putting a Den Committee together to work towards a permanent home for the group. A number of parents have put themselves forward, we need another three people who have the skill sets needed to make this dream a reality. We have 15 very committed leaders with another seven coming on board this year, these leaders have wonderful skills as they have come through the ranks in the group. If anyone would like to become a leader, help with our Den Committee, offer financial assistance or any other type of assistance we would love to hear from them.”
“I would like to thank Stephen Donnelly for all the help and advice he has given us, some weeks back Stephen invited our children and Leaders in to Leinster House, where he gave our members the opportunity to talk to him about our plans for a Den. He has been in constant contact with us since then and has identified many sources of funding for our project. Stephen also made himself available to come down and speak to the parents. We would also like to thank Cllr. Stephen Matthews who attended the meeting and offered advice on the best way forward. They have both offered the group their continued support.”
To get involved with 12th Wicklow or the Den Committee, please contact Patricia on Wicklowscouttroop@gmail.com or Facebook 12th Wicklow Scouts Bray