Scouts win state grant
SCOUTS across Victoria gained a boost with the Victorian government announcing funding for scout groups.
Scouts Victoria will receive $1 million in the next four years with the aim of providing targeted support and expert advice for scout groups.
The strategy is to increase participation in scouts among youngsters from socio- economically disadvantaged backgrounds and regional areas.
The addition will come as a welcome boost for the Myrtl- eford Scout Group which has been forced to relocate to the Myrtleford P- 12 College in recent years.
Myrtleford Scout Group leader Bernadette Hays said that Scouts provided young people kids with a great opportunity to do things they might not usually pursue.
“(Scouts) gets kids out and active and away from (digital and electronic) devices,” she said.
“We are able to take them on camps and excursions for at least a subsidised cost.”
The Scouts travelled to Dandenong, Mitta and Gippsland last year to take part in camps that involved leadership and leisure activities such as bike riding, rafting and mountain climbing.
“It also teaches the kids about volunteering and getting involved with the community,” Ms Hays said.
The group has ties with Myrtleford Rotary Club, Landcare, CFA and the SES among other organisations.
Myrtleford has a long running history of Scouting, dating back 105 years in Victoria.