Northamptonshire scouting group launches fundraising effort to mark half centenary

A Collingtree and Milton Malsor scouting group is celebrating its 50th birthday in October – and aims to raise £10,000 to take its scouts on a trip to the home of scouting.

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 6:00 am
The group is wanting to raise 10,000 before October.

The 1st Collingtree and Milton Malsor Scouts wants to mark its 50th milestone in October with a special trip for 70 children to Brownsea Island, in Dorset, where Lord Baden-Powell laid the foundations for the worldwide Scouting and Guiding movements.

The group is asking Northampton residents, organisations and businesses to help it reach a £10,000 target with a series of fundraising activities and a Go Fund Me page.

Starting out with just a handful of children in 1970, the group now boasts more than 70 beaver, cub, scout and explorer members, ranging in age from six to 18-years, with many more on the waiting list.

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Leader Mike Ladd, who has been with the pack for more than 25 years, says the group has played a crucial role in providing young people with access to a range of physical, intellectual and social activities since the 1970s.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to be part of a group that has provided an incredible 50 years of adventure for children in South Northamptonshire,” said Mike.

“Where else can young people gain skills for life, such as confidence building, leadership and citizenship, while also enjoying scuba diving, sailing, rock climbing – and, of course, campfire food?

“It’s a testament to the hard work of all the leaders and volunteers over the years, that this pack has continued to thrive while others fell by the wayside.”

During its 50-year history, the pack has also seen girls join its ranks – with girls making up more than 50 per cent of members.

Long-term member Hannah Fraser, who joined the group aged eight, has now become a leader and also gained a Queen’s Scout Award – the highest award in scouting.

“Scouting has given me a huge amount over the years and has shaped the person I have become today,” she said.

“As my scouting journey continues, I hope to be able to foster these skills in more young people – and celebrate more 1st Collingtree and Milton Malsor milestones along the way.”

As well as raising money for the trip, the pack is also hoping to secure funds for minibus travel and essential scouting equipment, as well as create a commemorative necker for the birthday event.

If you’d like to donate towards 1st Collingtree & Milton Malsor Scout’s 50th Birthday 10K Appeal – click here.