Grant gives Riverstone Scouts a bright future

RIVERSTONE Scouts' night-time program is set to improve thanks to a $6000 government grant.

The 1st Riverstone Scout Group's leader Trevor Soul said money they received under the state government's 2013 Community Building Partnership program would be spent on outdoor lighting.

"We want to be able to offer a better night-time program for the youth members," he said.

The 83-year-old club has 22 cubs, six scouts and five venturers.

Mr Soul said the rest of the grant would be spent on repairing the gutter of the building, which was built in the 1960s by the club's parent committee.

Riverstone Scouts are among 12 projects in the Riverstone electorate to receive a share of $200,000 under the program.

"We're over the moon; it's very much needed," Mr Soul said.

The Schofields father-of-four became involved with the group when his son Michael was eight years old.

"He joined as a cub 15 years ago," he said.

"All four of my children went through the group.

"Membership is good and growing and we have a new committee this year who are very enthusiastic and driving the group forward.

"It's the 'out' in scouting that we try and promote — getting out and about, not classroom learning."

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