Sunday, 25 July 2021

Scouts build bug hotels at children’s charity

BOY scouts from Wargrave made and installed their own “bug hotels” at Camp Mohawk.

BOY scouts from Wargrave made and installed their own “bug hotels” at Camp Mohawk.

A total of 20 scouts from the troop built the hotels from tin cans and bamboo canes before putting them up around the day centre for children with special needs off Highfield Lane.

They also collected firewood and pulled up weeds on footpaths on the site.

The project was part of the scouts’ “A Million Hands” programme, where scouts across the country volunteer at local community groups.

The 1st Wargrave Scouts chose mental wellbeing as their topic of interest this year and Camp Mohawk as the charity of choice.

Troop leader Peter Walsh said: “Lots of local children benefit from attending Camp Mohawk and therefore we were pleased to help the centre with some of their site maintenance tasks.

“Our scouts thoroughly enjoyed the chance to make a difference and to appreciate the amazing environment that Camp Mohawk provides to help support young people with special needs and their families.”

Camp Mohawk site manager Matthew Wood added: “We were delighted to have our local village scout troop help us in this way as the maintenance of our woodland site is an ongoing challenge. Camp Mohawk was started in 1973 by a scout troop from Newham in East London, so it was great to re-connect with our heritage.”

Wargrave scouts take part in regular activities for charities. In June they manned water stations at the annual Wargrave 10km race and they raised money for children’s charity Daisy’s Dream with a show at the Woodclyffe Hall in High Street in December.

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