Our current Scout Hall is not big enough for our growing number of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, or to cater for the community groups that use it.
3rd Epsom needs to extend the meeting hall and improve its accessibility, so the Group can serve our children and those following in their footsteps and continue to play an integral role in our community.
3rd Epsom is the oldest Scout Group in Epsom and Ewell, founded in 1922 and has always been run entirely by volunteers.
A thriving Group with 120 boys and girls aged 6-18, it covers every level of Scouting from Beavers and Cubs to Scouts and Explorers and has a strong family and community spirit.
3rd Epsom helps our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to make friends, have adventures, explore outdoors, learn practical skills, and build their confidence and resilience.
The group also provides facilities for many local charities and businesses – everything from dance classes to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).
The group needs to raise £120,000 to build an extension to the Forge.Clearly this is a lot of money – so a fundraising strategy is about to launch.
It will target multiple sources like grant-giving organisations, local businesses, and our alumni.You and your children can also play a really important role.
The first and most important thing you can do is help your children fundraise:
If every Beaver, Cub, Scout, Young Leader and Explorer can fundraise £225, the Group will raise £25,000. This is critical as the grants we are applying for will consider matching our own fundraising efforts or expect to see a significant commitment to fundraising.
The children will achieve more if their fundraising activities are fun. So, every half term will have an event - such as a children’s disco, children’s sleepover in the hall, sponsored run and cake sales. The children will chart their progress on a fundraising thermometer.
If your child is in the Explorers, please encourage them to think about ways that they could create their own fundraising initiatives as a team, so that they can take ownership of their own projects, set their own targets and hopefully have a lot of fun doing it.
These events do rely on parents spending money - and £225 per child is a big ask. So, it’s important to think of ways our children could fundraise in the community. We had a great start by bag-packing at Sainsbury’s before Christmas, raising £2,824.70.It would be fantastic if the children could widen their network and encourage their neighbours and the local community to support their efforts.