Essential facility upgrades have been completed at the Heathcote Scout Camp under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program.

The Heathcote Scout Camp received $36,000 to deliver upgrades including a kitchen renovation, which was part of a $1 million grant to rejuvenate facilities across a range of Scout groups on Crown Land.

It was fantastic to recently visit the Heathcote Scout Camp to witness first-hand the upgrades and the benefits they will bring to the local scouts and other community groups utilising this facility.

Scouts NSW are extremely deserving of this NSW Government funding injection – they’re one of our State’s largest and most successful youth organisations, offering an extraordinary variety of activities while building leadership skills, resilience and friendship.

This NSW Government investment has helped Scouts NSW bounce back with improvements to facilities across the State, many of which are also used by other community organisations. It also supported local economies by supporting tradies and material suppliers with spending on upgrade work.

The Region Commissioner Bryan Davison said the Economic Stimulus Grant has allowed us to upgrade vital facilities at Heathcote Scout Camp, including a much-needed renovation of the kitchen. This will ensure the safety of Scouts, other groups and local community members who visit the camp for their many events, activities and gatherings

Scouts NSW Chief Commissioner Neville Tomkins OAM said the stimulus funding made a vital difference during what has been the organisation’s toughest period.

“We were delighted that the NSW Government stepped up to help improve Scout facilities, which has assisted an enormous number of communities,” Mr Tomkins said.

Mr Tomkins said drought, floods, bushfires and COVID-19 had tested the resilience of NSW’s 418 Scout groups and 18,000 Scouts and volunteer leaders but the movement continued to prosper.