The 5th Garry Oak Scouts will be collecting for their annual bottle drive in the new year.
“The bottle drive is our biggest fundraiser annually. It is the backbone of the funding for our programs,” said group commissioner Adam Nott.
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be picking up bottles curbside on Saturday, primarily from homes in north Oak Bay that have received a flyer notifying them of the event. They will also welcome donations of returnable bottles, cans and other drink containers at Scout Hall in Fireman’s Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3.
The 5th Garry Oak Scouts currently boasts more than 60 members aged five to 13, with plans to revive the Venture program (for youth 14-17) in the coming year.
“The funds raised allow us to run the program, which provides for a variety of leadership and outdoors activities, including 10-15 camps a year across our three programs,” said Nott.
The Scouts are also in the midst of a major renovation to their 60-year-old hall.
“[We] hope to be able to offer a number of new opportunities to our youth through a refurbished hall. The hope is to have sufficient funding to install a climbing wall in 2015,” said Nott.
The local Scouts program has witnessed its membership grow by 50 per cent over the past year, allowing for work to be undertaken on a parcel of land up island that is used by the program. Nott is hoping enough can be raised to restore the onsite facilities such as outhouse and fire circle.