Scout groups could win £100,000 in Shanly Foundation competition backed by Bear Grylls

A competition has been launched which will see a scout group win £100,000 to spend on building its dream HQ.

The UK Scout Association has teamed up with the Shanly Foundation for the Building Futures project, backed by Chief Scout Bear Grylls, which is inviting groups from across the country to come up with a design sketch detailing the key features they would like in their dream hut.

Sustainability and accessibility will be encouraged, as will the idea the hut could be multi-purpose to benefit the community.

Judges will be looking for innovative designs, while taking into account the conditions of the group’s current premises.

Entries must be submitted by December 16 and the winner of the £100,000 first prize will be announced in January.

The Shanly Foundation will also give the first five runners up prizes of £10,000 to carry out repairs on dilapidated huts and a further six prizes of £5,000 will help groups kit out their meeting place with equipment for activities.

This is the Shanly Foundation's largest donation since it was set up in 1997.

Bear Grylls said: “Building Futures is a fantastic initiative for scout groups. For the successful groups it will be transformative – enabling them to widen participation, increase inclusivity and deliver more exciting activities that help young people develop skills for life.”

Foundation chairman Michael Shanly, himself a former scout, said: "Some of my fondest memories are of my Scouting days and that’s why, since it was founded in 1997, the Shanly Foundation has made a point of supporting scout groups and events."

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