Skills for life

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group is one of the largest Scout Groups in the country, with 250 young people in four Beaver colonies, four Cub packs, three Scout troops, a marching band and a water activity unit, alongside a partnership with the local Trident Explorer Unit (with whom we share premises and who have another 30 young adults).

Our water activity unit - the 'Water Rats' - operates a mixed fleet of kayaks and canoes to take Beavers (aged 6 to 8), Cubs (8 to 10.5), Scouts (10.5 to 14) and Explorers (14 to 18), plus their leaders, out onto the water. They augment this with rafting, giving a practical opportunity for young people to utilise their knotting skills.

Having consolidated skills over the last few years, they would like to purchase two giant inflatable stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). Because SUPs can be used in so many diverse ways, they cater to all levels of ability. They provide both a fantastic introduction to paddle sports and lots of new challenges as the paddlers progress. They give new opportunities to work together as a team while young people gain knowledge in different environments and develop skills for life. Inflatable SUPs are also easily transported, which increases the possibilities and options for using them.

1st Bradley Stoke Scouts

Moment of Pride

We provide opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to develop skills on the water, increasing their confidence and team building skills. Often they have never been on the water; watching their confidence grow and seeing them develop their abilities is incredibly rewarding.

Location: Bradley Stoke