At the beginning of the year, 1st Strubens Valley Scout Group was fighting for survival. The number of Scouts was dwindling, the Group had to leave the premises it was using and it had no prospects for anywhere new.
Since then, the Scouts have experienced some outstanding luck and welcome generosity from companies and individuals. The Panorama Tennis Club in Cornelius Street, Weltevreden Park offered them a new home, more children have joined and now various sponsors have made some very special donations.
Eiko Manufacturing donated steel and Sentient Publishing the IBR sheeting for the construction of a storage hut. A generous individual – Kay Sowter – made a donation of paint for the care and marking of gum poles. Triple M Metering Services donated a sign for the front of the premises. Finally, small handyman company Handydave made frapping mallets for the scouts.
Said Troop Scouter, John (Hawkeye) Bulterman, ‘We are thrilled that we now have a permanent home for the 1st Strubens Valley Group and that we have a big sign which will allow people to find us. In fact, all the donations are greatly appreciated. As a small group we don’t have the ability to buy everything we need. When companies and individuals offer to help us we are always very grateful, as this allows us to make the experience that much more enjoyable for the scouts. I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous donations.’
The 1st Strubens Valley Group can be found at the Panorama Tennis Club on Cornelius Street, Weltevreden Park. For more information call John (Hawkeye) on 0835620315. The Group meets on Friday evenings from 6pm to 8pm and is open for Boys and Girls 11 – 18 for Scouts and 7 – 11 for Cubs.
If you are in a position to donate materials or would like more information about the Group or Scouting in general, you can contact John or the Chairman of the Parents Committee, Mark Norris on 082 850 4929.