The young people of Crawley have lost the use of a magical outdoor place after the theft of the main electrical cable into the local Scout campsite. At some point during the last week of September metal thieves disconnected and stole 150m of high voltage copper cable from the Pease Pottage location, disabling the security measures that were in place.
Consequently our campsite no longer has power for lighting, heating, hot water or cooking affecting all the buildings at the location. Until power can be reinstated the local Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from Crawley, which comprises some 900 boys and girls aged from 6 to 18 years, cannot safely use the site for their weekend and evening activities. In addition the site is regularly used by Scout Groups from neighbouring Districts as well as Air Cadet, Schools, Guides, Church Groups and other Youth Organisations.
It is estimated that the cost of replacing the cable and the necessary groundwork will cost several tens of thousands of pounds. At this time it is unclear whether our insurance will cover the essential work but we are committed to fixing it as soon as possible.
Scouting in the UK is self-funded through membership subscriptions and other fundraising activities. Whilst the adult members do their best to maintain the site the replacement work required is beyond these volunteers’ skills.
We have set up a “gofundme” page “let there be light again”. Any donation, no matter how small, would be very much appreciated and will help us to getting the electricity restored as soon as possible. You can also contact us here.
Wendy Keeley (District Commissioner) / Barry Jones (Chair)