The Scouting Association Development Board provides Start-Up Grants to help with the development of individual Scout Groups and these grants are funded by the generosity of the Freemasons Grand Charity. Two local Scout Groups, the Grove Air Scouts and the 89th Reading from Emmer Green, have recently benefited from these grants and this is what the Group Scout Leaders have to say:
Chris Butlin, GSL 89th Reading (Milestone Wood) Scouts: …”Please accept our thanks for your support in starting up two new Scout sections within the 89th Reading (Milestone Woods) Scout Group, one Beaver colony for 6 to 8 year olds and one Scout Troop for 10 to 14 year olds, each section is now full to capacity. The grant provided by the Grand Lodge of Freemasons has been used to effectively establish the two new sections, providing flags for with their identity and enabling the initial organisation to be established effectively. We now have 145 members in the Group which is a 28% increase from last year and we are planning to open a new Cub Pack during the summer”.
Phil Gill, GSL Grove Air Scouts: …”I’m writing to say thank you for the start up grant you have given us. We will use the money along with other fund raising to try and purchase training course’s for the Scouts namely the Master at Arms course run by the Rifle association”. .