Three years ago, Salisbury District Scouts were informed that the wood they have been using for many years would stop being available to them.
Local scouts have used the wood at Great Yews for many years, Lord Radnor granted the use of the area to the Scout Association back in the 1930s. The woodland is part of the Longford Estate and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
The owners of the wood informed local Scouts that they needed to use it for commercial purposes not compatible with young people being present and camping and other activities had to stop. Weekend and overnight camps stopped, teaching and practising the skills associated with living in the outdoors became more difficult. A decision was taken that it was the time that Salisbury District Scouts bought it’s own Campsite and Training Ground.
A small group of leaders got together and came up with an outline plan to raise £150,000 and purchase about 2 acres of land just outside Salisbury. The proposal was shared with the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Leaders and Parents at an open meeting, and following their agreement the Campsite Quest Project was started.
Scout groups have been working hard to raise money since, but COVID-19 has put a hold on all fundraising activities bar a few virtual events. Aviva has now invited them to join their Community Fun Programme.
You can help by making a donation on the Aviva Community Fund and give the local Scout Groups a place to camp, learn and have some fantastic experiences.
Donate here – https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/camp-site-quest