END of year celebrations for the Eastern Hills Guide and Scout Group closed with a timely gift in readiness for camping trips over the long school holiday break.
The 50-strong group recently applied for a matching funds grant from the Shire of Mundaring to help with the cost of replacing six leaky tents, old cooking equipment and heavy hiking packs.
Group secretary Sam Rogers said Serco donated $2000 and the Shire matched the generous community grant.
“We were able to replace all our tents and buy new gas stoves, gas bottles, hiking packs, lanterns, batteries and other general camping equipment,” Ms Rogers said.
“Having this new equipment means our guide and scout group now has better, more user friendly items, which has made a huge difference to the enjoyment of our kids on camp.
“With the new lightweight camping tents and packs, our group has been able to schedule more hikes – day and overnight – providing the kids with a very unique experience of camping in the bush and being self-sufficient.”
Ms Rogers said as a small group dependent on a few fundraising activities during the year, buying the new equipment would have been impossible in the short term.
“We are very appreciative of the support from the Shire and Serco,” she said.
“Their funding has made an immediate and positive impact on our group and we are extremely grateful for their support to us and the wider community.”
Shire President David Lavell and Serco Assistant Director Natalie Sangalli were among the guests to attend the funding celebration with the scout and guide group.