Youngsters from the 9th Bexhill Scout Group welcomed Bexhill town mayor to their headquarters to officially open a traversing wall within the club grounds at Wainwright Road.
The Mayor, Cllr Maurice Watson, himself a former assistant leader of the 11th Bexhill Scout in the late 1970 to 1980’s, joined the group last Wednesday (November 18).
The scout’s new traversing wall is climbed horizontally, not vertically. It is approximately 10’ high and built in sections to allow for later additions. The challenge of a traversing wall is to make it from one side to the other, rather than to the top. The scouts are never more than a few feet off the ground as they climb across it, No ropes or harnesses are needed.
After officially opening the new addition to activities already available for the youngsters, including archery, target shooting and camping, Cllr Watson said he was pleased to meet such an enthusiastic and happy group of young people, adding: “I think that the Scouts is a wonderful organisation. I am impressed with their programme that helps our young people develop into thoughtful and achieving future adults. They give hope for the country’s future, and for possible leadership.”
The youngsters of the 9th Bexhill gave a mighty cheer of thanks as they all took turns in climbing the wall for the first time.
Paul Plim, Chair of the 9th Bexhill Scouts Group, says a lot of hard work went into raising the £? needed to purchase the traversing wall.
“This new exciting item of outdoor equipment was purchased using money raised by our popular jumble sales - recycling at its best,” he said. “It will help our children develop new skills that they can very rarely practice elsewhere in Bexhill.” He added: “Together with their leaders the children would like to thank the Mayor for his continued support for the Scouting groups across Bexhill. The 9th Bexhill Scouts were pleased to learn that his Worship the Mayor of Bexhill has chosen SENLAC scouts as one of his charities during his term of office this year.”
Jane Brooke, a parent who helps with the scout’s jumble sales, said: “All the hard work collecting and selling jumble has paid off, and my kids are going to really enjoy this wall.”
The next jumble sale is on Saturday November 28, at 12 noon.