Woodhouse Eaves received a surprise visit and some fantastic news at their most recent meeting. The Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts could not contain their excitement when they found out that they had won a competition prize of £100,000 to build their dream Scout HQ.
Woodhouse Eaves was announced as the winner of the Building Futures competition – a collaboration between the UK Scouts Association and the Shanly Foundation, the charitable arm of the developer, the Shanly Group.
The Building Futures competition, backed by Chief Scout Bear Grylls, invited Groups across the country to design their ideal meeting place with the chance of winning the funds to build it. Groups were judged on the features that would make their meeting place sustainable, accessible and of use to the local community.
The Woodhouse Eaves group has been without a permanent meeting place for two years after the hall they were using was demolished. The group’s leaders have been working tirelessly to ensure that each week the 120 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are still able to hold their meetings in various community centres, hired rooms, garages and parents’ outbuildings.
Their submission not only tugged on the heartstrings of the judges but impressed them with their sustainable and realistic designs which included a climbing wall and campfire area.
On receiving the £100,000 cheque, Jane Cameron, Group Scout Leader said: “This is unbelievable – I can’t put into words how much this means to us. We’ve been doing our best to keep the Group going from meeting places across the county, but it has been a struggle. With this money means we can store our own kit, put pictures on the wall and have campfires whenever we want. We’re a resourceful bunch here at Woodhouse Eaves and so can’t wait to get our hard hats on and get cracking!”
The competition saw almost 100 entries which were judged by the Scouts Association and trustees of the Shanly Foundation. On choosing Woodhouse Eaves as the main prize winner, Michael Shanly, chairman of the Shanly Foundation and former Scout, commented: “What really struck us with the Woodhouse Eaves’ submission was their drive and passion to deliver the project having proven their fundraising skills and resources to make their dream HQ a reality.”
“With 120 members, we were seriously impressed that the group had been able to maintain their weekly meetings from various venues and it was clear that the whole group had been involved in the plans for the HQ. The design itself was practical and sensible yet innovative and attractive – something the whole community will benefit from.”
“We were overwhelmed with the number and the quality of submissions to the Building Futures competition. The interest in the initiative shows how incredibly important meeting places are to the success and sustainability of Scouting. These are not just buildings but a place where young people can come together to plan adventures and learn new skills that are so important for adult life. We see our donation as an investment in their future and the future of many Scouts to come.”
“We will be following Woodhouse Eaves progress every step of the way, from breaking ground to topping out, and look forward to being invited to their first campfire!”