A SCOUT group is enjoying the outdoor life again after it replaced thousands of pounds worth of stolen gear.
Shelley Scouts had to put their camping plans on hold last September after heartless thieves swiped a trailer of brand new kit.
Police were unable to recover the lost gear – and it was not fully insured.
Nine months on and the group has pulled together to raise more than £15,000 from grants and events to buy a new set of camping equipment and have already given it a test run at a camp with celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls.
Paul Cartwright, Shelley Scouts group chairman, told the Express & Chronicle:
“To turn it round from being robbed in September and having nothing at all, to having more than we’d started out with is fantastic.
“It’s been hard work to apply for all the grants, but we’ve been surprised at all the support we’ve got. We’ve been able to buy better gear and it’s all very secure now and all insured.”
Last weekend the 26 Cubs and 15 Scouts used their new kit at a camp at Bradley Woods where they enjoyed climbing, crate stacking, the cresta run, swimming, high ropes, backwoods cooking, wide games, creative crafts, archery and shooting.
And the new kit got one of its first outings back in May when they got a skills masterclass from the chief Scout Bear Grylls at a camp near Bradford.
Said Paul: “It was superb for them, to get him up to West Yorkshire is quite an unusual event and was a massive treat for the Scouts.
“He gave them a masterclass in survival skills and showed them how to skin rabbits.”
Grants for the new equipment came from Huddersfield Common Good trust fund, Kirkburton Parish Council, The Co-operative Society, Grassroots Grants, Awards for All The Grand Masters fund (Kirkburton) and Huddersfield Round Table.
The Scouts boosted the total by recycling Christmas trees, organising a soul evening and a number of other local events.
Shelley Scouts has just opened a new Beaver Scout colony with 18 young people aged six to eight making the group 60-plus strong with 10 dedicated volunteer leaders.