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Funding boost for scouts heading to the site of the first ever camp

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

07/01/14 Cheque handover at 1st Woodville Scouts - Rose Hill Street, Woodville Cheque presentation from Councillor Paul Dunn to 1st Woodville Scout group towards a camp in May. .FR: Cllr Paul Dunn, Harry Robinson - Scout Leader

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MEMBERS of a South Derbyshire scout group will have the chance to visit the site of the first ever camp, following a donation from a local councillor.

Youngsters at the 1st Woodville Scout Group, which meets in Rose Hill Street, will be heading to Brownsea Island, in Dorset, for a few days over the May Bank Holiday, thanks to the £500 cheque from Councillor Paul Dunn, who represents the Swadlincote Central area for Derbyshire County Council.

Group spokesman Richard Wilkins said: “The first ever scout camp was held by Baden Powell. It’s nice to go somewhere like that. It’s a piece of history.”

Around 25 scouts will be going on the five-day trip in the spring.

The first camp took place there in August 1907, when Robert Baden Powell tested the ideas from his book Scouting for Boys, which underpinned the movement.

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