Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 13.15.58A local scout group is better equipped for expeditions thanks to a council grant.

Hillside Scout Group was awarded £2500 from Hambleton District Council’s ‘Making a Difference Fund’ to enable them to buy lightweight equipment for land and water expeditions.

Backed by Ward Member, Councillor Bob Baker, the new equipment allows the troop based at Knayton to venture further afield and this summer they are looking forward to going on a lightweight cycling expedition on the Sustrans Coasts and Castles Route – Scottish Borders down to Tyneside.

“In our 30 years of existence we have never undertaken anything other than local expeditions,” said Iris De Wet, Group Scout Leader.

“Whilst we have equipment for static camps, this new equipment allows our scouts to undertake more challenging activities and help develop their map reading, survival skills, water skills as well as leadership skills equipping them to be successful and well balanced citizen’s of the future.”

Hillside Scout Group currently has 90 members who come from Knayton, Borrowby, the Siltons, Felixkirk, South Otterington and Osmotherley.