Scout group's £30k target will be a huge feet
SEA scouts aiming to raise the roof have set sail on a £30,000 fundraising campaign.
A sponsored walk will begin on Saturday for a week, covering more than 125 kilometres from Yorkshire to the Lake District to raise money for a new roof for their Scout Hut in Beacon Court, Cleethorpes.
The 1st Cleethorpes Sea Scouts held their centenary in 2009 and celebrated a big upsurge in membership.
Five years ago, there was just one member in the Sea Scout cubs. Now there are 20 and there is a waiting list.
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The ranks of beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers have swelled to nearly 90 in recent years. From May until September, they use the facilities of Grimsby and Cleethorpes Yacht Club on Grimsby Docks.
The haven provides an ideal training ground where sea scouts train in kayaking, sailing and power boating.
There they can practise the skills learned at their Cleethorpes hut.
Beaver leader Paula Kitchen said: "It is all thanks to the parents. We are the only sea scouts in the area and we are recognised and accredited by The Royal Navy.
"But we rely totally on donations and sponsorship and the goodwill of supporters."
She said the members are enthusiastic and learn a host of skills including swimming, First aid, IT, nautical and meteorological skills.
They have regular camps at Cherry Garth, Humberston and the older members go on camps and sailing expeditions to Norfolk.
Mum Di Brookes said: "My son was thrilled to learn how to fillet a fish and skin a rabbit.
"There is something different to do each week and learn everything from power tools to setting a fire."
Mum Di Clark, of Tetney, said: "My son Grant started about seven years ago and he looks forward to it every week.
"We have to arrange our holidays around the sea scout meetings but he won't miss them."
The club has three powerboats, seven dinghies and 15 kayaks.
Thanks to leader Paul "Skip" Garnett and assistants Peter Russell, Aaron Kitchen and Graham Bryant, the scouts enjoy trips away and they sailed to Donna Nook last week.
Callum Franklin, 13, said: "It is fun. You make friends and it is a great experience.
"I have learnt how to kayak, sail and drive a power boat. I hope to get my Level 1 in all three soon."
Anyone wishing to support the sea scouts can contact Di Brookes on 01472 811075.