Describe your project
Squirrel wood is 72 acres of natural woodland with open grassed areas for camping. It was donated to Doncaster scouts in the 1944. Since then it has provided an outdoor facility for not only scouts but other youth groups including army cadets, schools, Duke of Edinburgh groups and girl guides. Aswell as camping we offer indoor accommodation where groups come and self cater. We are all volunteers at the wood and give up our free time and weekends for the enjoyment of young people. Our only source of revenue comes from camp fees and hiring out our indoor accommodation. We receive no help from South Yorkshire Scouting or Scouting nationally. As funds are scarce we are asking Calor to help us purchase new tables and chairs for our indoor accommodation as the ones we use have been donated over many years and are showing their age.
How will your project benefit your local community?
By buying new furniture we hope that this will help open up our accommodation to more youth groups by improving the facilities we offer. We have recently refurbished the sleeping dorms and we installed a professional catering kitchen several years ago by means of a grant. Our volunteers have recently removed the old fire place and are hoping to install a log burner in the main hall. We are now in the process of acquiring a new floor for the main hall. This just leaves the furniture which is in dire need of replacement.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Squirrel Wood is located on the outskirts of Burghwallis village. We have always had a good relationship with the parish council and they have the right to attend any official wood meetings. They held their summer fayre in the wood last year and in the past we have provided tents for functions in the village. The groups that visit the wood always say it is an amazing outdoor space but they are now comparing the accommodation to other activity centres that are run as businesses, have large budgets and have employed staff. We feel that we could compete with these businesses if our accommodation(furniture) was improved.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
The accommodation block sleeps 40 people and is used most weekends throughout the year. We sometimes have bookings mid week from schools. Throughout the year the 'lodge' is often used as a base for larger events (of up to several hundred people) for such things as admin, activity bases or catering.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We would like to spend the money on new tables and chairs for our indoor accommodation.
When and why was your project founded?
Squirrel Wood has been benefitting the community for over 75 years. It was donated to Doncaster scouts so young people could use it and experience scouting values. Over the years it has developed to include all young people and youth organisations, not just scouts.