New security system for scouts
THINGS are looking up for the Craignish Scout Group whose den was broken into four times in four months after three generous donors stepped in.
Group president Darlene Hogan said they had been given cash, a security system and monitoring from three local businesspeople who had heard about their troubles.
Steve Sarah of Top of the Bay Bakery donated $500, Chris Jones from Chris Jones Security Services donated the security system and Jarrod Brunsden of Superior Rendering and Textures paid for the monitoring.
“We're over the moon because it means we can stay open,” she said.
“The $500 won't replace everything but it's a good start.”
In July Ms Hogan said they could not keep taking knocks after a spate of disheartening robberies in which thieves stole cash, tents, fundraising chocolates, soft drinks, axes, flags and a gas bottle, among other things.
“The kids really feel it when this stuff goes missing,” she said.
“It puts them on such a downer.”
But Ms Hogan said the scout den had not been broken into since the new security system had been installed although she had been called out of bed a few times on false alarms.
She said 31 children were members of the scout group and about 13 of them were going to a competition camp at Aldershot this weekend where they would get to use the replacement equipment.