Longcraig – Facilities upgrade is almost complete!

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New Building – Facilities Upgrade

Primer coating on floors
Wet wall cladding fitted

Unfortunately, a few supply delays and a contractor turning up with the wrong material contributed to a short delay which has taken our completion date just into the beginning of May. 

In the grand scheme of things, some delays were anticipated and are not uncommon with building projects, as details emerge of things that were perhaps not known about or were not quite as expected. However, no serious issues have arisen, and as you can see from the photos, there is clear signs of the upgrades to be seen. The final steps included new waterproof  and easy-clean flooring, as well as testing and proving all the new plumbing fittings like the showers, toilet flushing, and wash basins.  

Unfortunately, this short delay has had an impact on a very small number of our early May bookings, and we apologise again to those groups affected by this. We’ve worked hard to help them reschedule to alternative dates, or to arrange different activities – for once we can say that some unhelpful tides have helped a little bit as there were a number of days in May especially where the low tides at the wrong time meant that we weren’t able to offer activities on some of the dates anyway! Normally, that’s a Bad Thing, this year it’s fair to say it’s more of a Good Thing! 

We will be delighted to welcome groups back very shortly and equally delighted to show people around our new facilities. 

What’s left to do? 

Before we can fully re-open the Centre, we still have a number of key tasks to complete which are of course now going to be compressed into a shorter timescale. But, we’re well on the way with some of these as we have been able to get some boat preparation work done outside at the weekends, so that’s a help. 

If any small groups of adults or explorers or older scouts would like to contribute a few hours towards all of this, please get in touch! As May progresses, we will have more and more opportunity to get set about these separate tasks and we would be delighted to accept any offers of help from willing volunteers. We can trade that help in the usual way by offering some boating time later in the year, perhaps over the summer, as a thank you for any work done in this way! 

New water heater in kitchen
New pipes and pumps for showers

Training Course News

The following course has been planned for later in the year: RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 2/3: Weekend 29/30 July – 2 day course. 

Open to people who have done a little bit of sailing but wish to become more competent, gain a qualification, or perhaps to lead towards an activity permit. This course will also cover a number of proficiency badges and awards in the scouting programme! 

For more details of this and other training opportunities that are possible, please get in touch and discuss your needs, whether for adults or for young people. We can then advise on the best solution to help you meet those requirements. 

Please contact us at bookings@longcraig.info 

Volunteering Opportunities and Events

Longcraig is run entirely by a team of volunteers, both for our activities on the water and for things onshore and around and throughout the Centre. To help us ensure we can meet the growing demands from young people and our growing scouting movement, we need to keep increasing our band of volunteers to enable us to keep pace. 

We have opportunities for volunteers to help out on the water – either qualified or unqualified (in which case we will help you reach a qualification so you can gain some skills and take a more responsible volunteering role). 

We have opportunities for land-based volunteers who help operate the Centre. Sometimes these require admin skills, but sometimes we need folks who can run a range of land-based activities which supplement our programme.  

And sometimes it’s just people, who work behind the scenes, perhaps covering promotion activities, recruitment, fund raising, or assisting with the book keeping, bookings, or even keeping the equipment in good order. Or it could be helping run the kitchen to provide catering or just simply cups of tea to the other volunteers! 

But, best of all – volunteering to help at Longcraig doesn’t involve a regular weekly commitment as you would expect to need to run a section of scouts (squirrels, beavers, cubs, scouts, etc) – we can accommodate volunteering at a time and pace that suits you! 

We are holding open sessions in the next few weeks to meet potential volunteers and explain what we do. We’d be delighted if you could pop along to one of these sessions, All we ask is that you pre-register with us so we know how many are likely to come along (and we can arrange the necessary facilities/resources)        

The next dates set up for this are as follows: 

Tuesday 16 May  – Longcraig 7pm 

 Friday 16 June  – Longcraig 7pm 

These meetings will be held at the time shown above, starting off with tea and cake, followed by some brief presentations and an opportunity to discuss what we do and how we do it. And, more importantly, how you might fit in to that too! And we will have people on hand to answer any questions that you may have too! And, a tour of the new upgraded facilities!! 

Please simply contact us at getinvolved@longcraig.info with your preferred meeting date and your contact details. 

We’ll take care of the rest! 

Help support our Finances with Money for Nothing!

Remember you can help us raise funds for Longcraig to support training and equipment upgrades every time you go shopping (online). It costs you nothing, but every time you shop from one of the 7000+ retailers we will get a donation from the retailer. 

To get started, you need to sign up to Easyfundraising on behalf of Longcraig Scout Centre at this link. 

Watch the short video there which explains how it all works!