The 11th Prince Rupert Scout Group smile at the donation of camping equipment from the Port of Prince Rupert. (Submitted)

The 11th Prince Rupert Scout Group smile at the donation of camping equipment from the Port of Prince Rupert. (Submitted)

New camping gear helps get Scouts outside

Port of Prince Rupert donated $11,040 for the new equipment

After more than 20 years, the Prince Rupert Scout Group is getting eight new camping tents.

The Scouts were given $11,040 to update their gear for outdoor learning adventures, a donation from the Port of Prince Rupert’s Community Investment Fund. The volunteer-based organization will also buy a cargo trailer as they have a hard time finding a place to store their old equipment.

In the last two years, the Scouts leaders had to move the old equipment between storage units and personal garages, taking up time and space. So when they saw the port’s community grant ad in the Northern View newspaper, they applied — successfully. Now, the trailer means they can keep the gear organized and even tow it behind their cars on trips.

“This project is a dream come true for our leaders and kids, giving us the ability to plan and participate in all the traditional outdoor activities Scouts are known for with renewed enthusiasm and inclusiveness,” group commissioner, Jeroen Gerritsen said in a press release.

The group has already put their new equipment to the test during a winter camp out in Kloiya Bay. Before, the decades-old equipment would leak, Gerritsen said, so the scouts were always hoping it wouldn’t rain. They’ve already noticed a big difference with the new tents.

“They were so happy it kept them warm even though it was raining,” Gerritson said of the scouts’ first trip with the gear.

Soon they’ll bring the equipment for a wilderness survival weekend across the harbour from Cow Bay. Originally, the excursion was planned for Lucy Island, but so many kids signed up that it would take too many boats to shuttle them all across.

Gerritsen said the Scouts are always looking for leaders who love adventure and the outdoors. Of course, more scouts are always welcome. Contact www.myscout.ca or email prscouting@gmail.com for information on how to get involved.

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