Aberdeen Scouts win People's Millions
Aberdeen Scouts are saying a big thank you to everyone who voted to help them secure over £49,000 funding in this year’s People’s Millions.
The Scouts Step Forward project to upgrade the campfire facility at Templars’ Scout Campsite, was revealed as a winning project on the STV news programme on Wednesday.
The Scouts will use the funding to improve the seating, accessibility and secure the banks of the natural amphitheatre. This will provide a safe space for more young people and adult volunteers to learn new skills, share experiences and enjoy the outdoors.
15 year-old Explorer Scout Ceara Barnes said, ‘This is the most amazing news! Thank you to everyone who voted we really appreciate your support. This funding will make a real difference to our campsite and all the Scouts, Guides, schools, youth community groups and leaders that use the site.
Templars’ is a really special place that we all love and I can’t wait to see the finished campfire circle.’
The refurbishment of the campfire circle is the first part of the Scouts Step Forward project to upgrade and improve the facilities at Templars’ Scout Campsite. Scouting is growing at its fastest rate since the 1970s and the Scouts are embarking on a programme of improvements to ensure their facilities are fit for purpose to cope with the growing numbers.
Commenting on the news, ex Lord Provost and chairman of the Scouts Step Forward committee John Reynolds said: ‘It's a great day for young people, who are extremely grateful for everyone's support on this first step in the Templars’ Scout Campsite makeover.’
Templars’ Scout Campsite is run, managed and maintained by volunteers and has been providing a safe, green space for young people to enjoy fun, challenge and adventure for nearly 75 years.
The People’s Millions is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund and ITV, where the public decides which local community projects get up to £50,000 of Lottery Funding. The Scouts’ project received the most public votes on Tuesday 23 November.