Whilst trying to keep our Subs low to reach more young people in our community, we rely on fundraising to keep our building and tents in a usable state. Unfortunately, earlier this year our boiler broke down and we had to replace a door in our building which left us with no budget for general upkeep.
This well needed funding will be used primarily to replace the tents which are used on the regular camps by children aged 6 to 14. These amount to sleeping tents, of which our current stock is in desperate need of replacement, with many tears and rips, but also a kitchen tent allowing them to receive a well cooked meal during camp using well stored ingredients and utensils. The final part is a dining mess tent, allowing the young people a space to sit and eat their meal out of the elements allowing them to fuel up, and relax before taking on their next activity or skill session.
We also want to replace the windows in our building, which is used 3 times per week by our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, and is used by all 3 sections for sleepovers and other activities. Our building is also available for hire at low cost to the community, as well as being used as a polling station for the village. The windows in the building are not fit for purpose, leaving the inside of the hall dark, meaning we need to use electric lighting for most meetings and heat is able to easily escape - so we also have environmental benefits to this project.
At 1st Abram, we want to reach as many young people as we can providing them with a place that they can learn new skills, make new friends, and experience adventures that they would never get elsewhere. Our building and our camps are integral to this aim. Our leaders are dedicated to providing the best we can, and use their initiative to provide excellent value for money, without external funding such as this, our prices would need to raise significantly and we wouldn't have the reach that we do now.