Eastbourne’s Spiro Explorer Scouts have been busy raising funds for a two week adventure in New York this summer. The mixed group of 24 Scouts aged between 14 and 18 volunteered to wash the town’s Dotto train in time for its summer of service along the seafront.
Supervised by local Stagecoach engineering manager Paul Koc, who’s been a Scout leader for 18 years, the youngsters gave up their Friday evening to freshen-up the Dotto train and its carriages.
Paul, 35 from Westham, will be leading the Scout Unit on their trip to New York which will include activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, all terrain vehicle driving, shooting and hiking. He said “I grew up in Scouting starting when I was 8, so it only seemed right to give something back and share my experiences with the next generation of young Scouts. Scouting has given me so many opportunities including leadership experience that has helped me in my management career.”
Already the Explorer Scouts have raised £11,300 in donations and they hope to reach a total of £12,300. Stagecoach have topped-up the amount raised so far by £600. Paul said “It was amazing to receive this donation from Stagecoach. I have always tried to keep Scouting and work separate, so by making this donation I feel the company really appreciates the time I give to Scouting and has shown they support me in this trip, I'm just hoping that my inbox won’t be too full when I come back to the office!”
The Scout Association say there are over 30,000 young people on waiting lists around the country who want to join a Scout group but can’t because there is a shortage of adult leaders. Whether you can help out once a fortnight, month, term, or even just at special events or camps, your help is really needed. Find out more at http://scouts.org.uk/get-involved