1st Braidwood Scouts champion inclusivity

In keeping with the motto of the scouting movement, Be Prepared, the 1st Braidwood Scouts have donated an all-terrain wheelchair to the South Coast and Southern Tablelands Special Needs Unit of the Scouts.

The wheelchair, for the use of any scout in the region who requires assistance with mobility, was purchased after the local Scout group raised funds within the Braidwood community.

The Braidwood Lodge of Truth, Braidwood Community Bank, Lions, Apex and 1st Braidwood Scouts all donated funds, which was then matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by Masonicare.

The wheelchair, one of two now owned by the Special Needs Unit, will be available to all scouting units in the region as and when the need arises.

Phil Crutchley, the leader of the Special Needs Unit, said, “We’re an inclusive organisation. whether a scout has a disability, or whether they’ve just broken a leg or have an injury, they can access this equipment and still participate in all facets of scouting.”

Wayne Cramp (left) with representatives of the Braidwood Lodge of Truth and Lions, with Jacob in the wheelchair he used during the Australian Jamboree in Adelaide

Wayne Cramp (left) with representatives of the Braidwood Lodge of Truth and Lions, with Jacob in the wheelchair he used during the Australian Jamboree in Adelaide