Scout Centre gets a "Make-Over"


Our County Residential Centre, the Watson Scout Centre, was the recent host to a “DofE Residential” where participants in the Scheme get together, away from home, on a shared activity.

DOE Gold BadgeThe Group and their Assessors recently arrived at the Centre in Carlton in Cleveland ready for a busy 5 days of maintenance and activities. There was plenty of cleaning, painting and repairs to be done. A lot of tidying of the grounds took place including the fire circle along with 2 benches that were replaced around the circle. They explored the local area with a walk to Whorlton Castle and the evenings consisted of relaxation activities including fires, tomahawk and angel throwing and a film night. Everyone enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the next one.

Carlton in Cleveland is a quiet village on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Due to the COVID pandemic and restrictions, the Scout Centre had not been able to be opened for the last 18 months. Because of COVID restrictions the DofE participants each had a dormitory in the Centre to themselves for sleeping in and some even chose to camp.

picnic areaThe Group were able to thoroughly clean the Centre as well as complete a busy schedule of repairs and maintenance. Jobs around the Centre included deep cleaning; preparing, sanding & painting windows; weeding; strimming; hedge cutting and generally tidying and clearing the garden, camping field and surrounding grounds. Equipment and instruction was provided as necessary.

For the majority of tasks the participants worked in pairs which were changed so that they all had the opportunity to work with each of the other participants and engage in a variety of tasks. Social distancing was required as was the full ventilation of the Centre and independent dormitory accommodation which all added a different dimension to the experience.

The Group were also tasked with looking at the new WSC website and fault-finding and making suggestions as to its improvements prior to its launch. Various jobs around the centre were initially highlighted, the Group decided what jobs they could do the next day and spent time planning and considering the resources required.

The Warden and Management Committee were VERY grateful for the work done and the Group themselves achieved their “Residential Experience” as required by the Scheme.

Well done to all who helped