Scouts win state grant

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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