Scouts' Cosgrove campsite gets an upgrade, with help from local housebuilder

Scouts returning to The Quarries Campsite after lockdown will find electricity on site for the first time

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 10:51 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 10:54 am

The archery range at a popular campsite is to get a much-needed upgrade, with help from a donation from a local housebuilder.

Davidsons Homes has donated £250 to Milton Keynes Scout District to support its renovation of The Quarries Campsite in Cosgrove.

The money will go towards the cost of replacing the front wall and entrance to the campsite’s archery range, enabling the facility to safely reopen once lockdown restrictions are eased.

From left: Communications lead Jason Raggett, County Youth Commissioner Chris Smith and District Commissioner Stuart Bailey of Milton Keynes Scout District with Alan Hames of Davidsons Homes

The campsite, off Stratford Road, is a key venue for local Scout groups and the wider community. The district comprises various groups with ages ranging from six to 25, and the campsite provides a space where outdoor activities such as archery, orienteering and shooting can take place.

Milton Keynes Scout District was one of two organisations nominated to receive a donation by residents in Hanslope, where Davidsons Homes is currently building at The Wheatfields development. The housebuilder invited villagers, through its Hanslope Herald magazine, to put forward good causes worthy of support.

While the campsite has been closed during the pandemic, volunteers have been busy making much-needed alterations. Electricity has been installed at the site, while general maintenance tasks such as painting and cleaning have also been carried out.

Stuart Bailey, District Commissioner for Milton Keynes Scout District, said: “Like many charities, we’ve been hit hard by the pandemic, as we had to make the difficult decision of closing the campsite to all user groups. This in turn has taken a toll on the bookings, reducing our cash flow to use on essential maintenance work.

“We would like to say a big thank you to Davidsons Homes for their kind donation, which will help us make our site fun and safe again.

“It will make a huge difference to our archery range, allowing us to reopen it in a safe and secure way. It is especially appreciated because the site is maintained solely by volunteers who donate their own time.

“The campsite is also open to non-Scouting groups, who have their own rules and procedures, meaning this money will help to support the wider community.”

Simon Tyler, sales director of Davidsons Homes South Midlands, said: “We are pleased to be supporting the renovation of The Quarries Campsite, a much-loved facility which gives young people and adults alike the chance to learn new skills.

“The Milton Keynes Scout District is a vital asset to the community, and it is a privilege to offer this helping hand to the dedicated band of volunteers who do so much to provide worthwhile activities for young people in the area.”

The Scouts' website contains details about the activities on offer at the campsite. To learn more, visit here

Jason Raggett, Media and Communications Lead for Milton Keynes Scout District, Chris Smith, County Youth Commissioner for Milton Keynes Scout District, Stuart Bailey, District Commissioner for Milton Keynes Scout District and Alan Hames, Sales Manager for Davidsons Homes.