Gainsborough Sea Scouts are based in the centre of Gainsborough and provide a broad range of activities including camping, cooking, outdoor skills, hiking, archery, sports, first aid and citizenship.
The group’s chief area of expertise is sailing and kayaking and over the past 4-5 years Leaders and Explorer Scouts have concentrated on the attainment of training qualifications from the Royal Yachting Association and British Canoe Union. They are now able to take up to 20 youngsters on the water at any one time and share this expertise with the other Scout Groups in the town and those from Haxey, Willingham and Market Rasen.
Funding was secured to enable the group to purchase a kayak trailer and 2 nearly new dinghies to support the increase in group membership.
Funding Year 2016 -17
Grant Awarded £3464
“The purchase of equipment has had a tremendous benefit to the Group and Scouting in general as we have provided training opportunities for 7 other Groups, including 1 from London. Another Group from outside our area has requested assistance with water activities during the 2017 season and our leaders and instructors will be involved in the water activities programme for the forthcoming Poacher 2017 camp involving 5000 Scouts and Guides drawn from Lincolnshire, the UK and overseas”. Group Scout Leader Jonathon Swatton
The level of group participation enabled leaders to log more hours on the water, enhancing their experience, and enabling them to safely accommodate more youngsters at sessions later in the season. The group have recruited 4 additional parent helpers which will allow expansion of provision and fulfil the request to provide water activities for Collingham Scout Group.
Number of volunteers involved
4 volunteers have contributed 2249 hours to enable young people to experience water activities during the life of this project. Volunteers have increased their experience and gained qualifications from the British Canoe Union and Royal Yachting Association which have enabled the delivery of a more ambitious and successful programme.
Experience of accessing the grant
“A very straightforward application process that was not too onerous for volunteers whose main priority is working with youngsters rather than doing paperwork. The support that we received from the officers was first class and we were pleased to host them at our water camp in August 2016.”
The grant process and support offered from the team are rated as Very Good.