SCOUTS are set to take to the road for adventures, thanks to a new minibus.
The 3rd Washington Scouts have been celebrating buying the brand- new 17 seater minibus, which will help young people to get out and about in Washington and beyond.
Group leaders want to make sure as many young people as possible can access its challenging outdoor-based programme.
The vehicle, which carries the ‘adventure’ branding, is fitted with the capacity to carry a wheelchair.
A launch event, involving scouts, adult volunteers, Washington councillors and supporters of the group within the community, was held at St Andrew’s Church to view the new vehicle and celebrate the opportunities that scouting provides to young people in the town.
Angela Delamaine, secretary of the 3rd Washington Scouts, said: “The purchase of the minibus is part of the continuing development plan of the group, which has seen a year-on-year growth in young people enjoying scouting for the last 10 years.
“Boys and girls now enjoy scouting in two beaver colonies, two cub packs and two scout troops based at Oxclose Primary School and St Andrew’s Church in Concord.”
She said: “Scouts is all about adventure. Whether it is a beaver scout experiencing a first night away from home, a cub scout reaching the very top of the climbing wall, or a scout having their first trip abroad, adventure is at the heart of the group’s programme.”
Emily Bowdon, 14, a scout in the group said: “It’s great to see the bus on the road with the images on the side, they really capture the fun we have at scouting doing some amazing activities like climbing and abseiling, rafting and exploring, biking and zorbing.”
For more information, a visit www.3rdwashingtonscouts.org.uk.