ALTHOUGH this year’s New Year Swim had to be cancelled due to a last minute insurance cover hitch, six scouts and leaders splashed into the chilly waters of Lee Dam to raise some crucial funding for an activity dream.
The contingent from the 20th Todmorden scout group were covered by their scout activity insurance and they raised more than £500, which will help fund their much-anticipated trip to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland in August.
Cub scout leader Jon Sayer explained that the funds raised were part of around 18 months of fundraising which will culminate in the activity trip later this year.
“Adventurous activities are the scout movement’s bread and butter so we had our own swim,” he explained.
“We started fundraising for Kandersteg in January 2011, as it will cost around £500 per head to go there and we have organised and taken part in a number of fundraising activities ranging from a car treasure hunt to coffee mornings and things such as the Explorer section’s sponsored bike ride.
“We’ve been planning the trip for about two years.”
Jon said around 25 young people - aged between 10 and 18 - and leaders would be heading to Kandersteg, founded in 1923 after the movement’s founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, dreamed after the first world scout jamboree of establishing a place where scouts from all over the world could meet.
Jon, who went to Kandersteg a decade ago, says: “It is an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, with activities ranging from Alpine adventure to white water rafting.
It’s very economic and great value for money.”
Anyone interested in finding out more or joining the 20th’s sections should ring assistant group scout leader Rowena Goldthorpe on 01706 810821.