Our Outdoor Activity Centre at Catterburn has been central to our ability to deliver positive outcomes for girls across Dunbartonshire for the last 30 years but it is now in need of significant upgrading. The Centre comprises of: a campsite which can accommodate 60 girls over 2 sites; 32-bed Brownie House and; 12-bed Bothy. The current power supply is inadequate for the site, the Brownie house is not water-tight and requires a new heating system, the toilet block requires upgrades to plumbing, cooking facilities are inadequate for the number of beds offered on site and we have been unable to replace the wood store which was demolished due to safety concerns. Catterburn offers accessible, affordable activities for girls aged 5-26; however, this offer has been curtailed as the current equipment is not fit for purpose. We would like to see the site modernised and made more appealing for our girls, their expectations of what should be on offer has changed dramatically since we first opened the site 30 years ago.
This upgrade work will enable Girlguiding Dunbartonshire to:
1. Give more girls of all ages the opportunity to participate in affordable adventurous activities in a unique girl-only space as part of a wider programme promoting health and wellbeing.
2. Build confidence and leadership skills in more Guides (aged 10-14) by enabling them to take part in a weekend or week long camp and work towards their Camp Permit qualification.
3. Prepare more Senior Section members for further education and/or work by providing opportunities to complete their Young Leaders Qualification (ages 14-18), Duke of Edinburgh and Girlguiding’s Queen’s Guide Award).
4. Give our leaders that currently do not use the site, a reason to come back and engage with Dunbartonshire facilities (rather than going elsewhere)
Girlguiding Dunbartonshire will continue to ensure that the facility is both accessible and affordable. The current popularity of the site demonstrates that there is a need and we strongly believe this will only increase once the upgrade is completed. We have a clear strategy for financing the ongoing maintenance of the site (through membership subscriptions and bookings), however having financial support would free up money to provide girls with their requests for additions to site.
A sample of the requests that we get from the girls are: Wi-Fi, New alter fires, Outdoor pizza fires, and Outdoor sheltered area, Crazy Golf, Solar Panels, New campfire circle, Expand the adventure trail, Night lines. Being a girl led organisation, it’s always our aim to provide the girls with what they want; and we as leaders really want the girls’ ideas and thoughts become a reality.