The 3rd Ayrshire Scout Troop has been working hard towards achieving their ‘Community Challenge Award’ badge over the past few months. They have learned about issues within their community from the Local Police and been made aware of services provided for the benefit of the community from organisations such as the Coastguard and Fire and Rescue Service.
As a major part of the badge requirements, the Scouts had to identify and complete activities which would improve their community. The projects they decided to undertake included a massive clean-up of Victory Park and improving the seating area outside the Library. Over 2 weekends the boys and girls worked hard, during some of the hottest days this year, to complete this challenge.
With donations of bedding plants from the local council and a feature evergreen plant from Mansfield Garden Centre, the Troop successfully transformed the neglected area at the library. The Troop was delighted with the colourful transformation at the library area and hope that the community enjoy using it. The whole group will now maintain this area, with Beavers planting spring bulbs and Cubs and Scouts building bat and bird boxes for the spring.
The Troop is now off for the rest of summer but will be on target to receive their badges towards the end of August. As a treat for their very hard work the Troop and their Leaders enjoyed a meal at China Moon, where they all took advantage of the ‘eat all you can’ while discussing their plans for next term.
There are still places available in each section for boys and girls aged 5 ½ - 14 and the group will re-open immediately after the school holidays. Information can be found on their Facebook page, 3rd Ayrshire Scout Group.