The group is based at St Mark’s Church where 58 young people attend on a weekly basis across the Scout, Cub and Beaver groups. In addition to being selected as Provost’s Charity of the Year, a donation of £1,000 from the Civic Fund will be made to the Scout Group to go towards recreation activities for the young people who attend.
The decision to name the group as Charity of the Year and approve the donation was made at a meeting of Stirling Council’s Civic Panel on 29 September.
Provost Douglas Dodds said: “I’m incredibly impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication shown by the leaders and young people who make up the 1st Raploch Scout Group.
“The Scouts offer a great opportunity for young people to develop life skills, exercise, appreciate nature and become active members in their local community. These young people involved in 1st Raploch are a credit to themselves and their families, and I look forward to highlighting the work that they do throughout the year.”
'A Significant Boost'
1st Raploch Scouts was established in April 2019 and held their first camp in July last summer.
The group is comprised of young people who attend Beaver Scouts (ages 5 – 8), Cub Scouts (ages 8 -10) and Scouts (ages 10-14). Its diverse membership hail from countries such as North Sudan, China, India, Germany, Belarus and Romania.
Assistant Group Scout Leader (Raploch), Barry Hughes said: “We are delighted that Raploch Scout Group has been named as the Provost’s Charity of the Year. This will be a significant boost to our group, which has already come a long way in the three years since we launched in 2019.
“We look forward to using the resources and publicity the Charity of the Year will bring us for the benefit of the young people of the wonderful community of Raploch.”