Activity centre used by 30,000 Lancashire Scouts every year announces 'once in a generation' update plan

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
The centre has been open since 1954.

Huge new plans have been announced for an activity centre used by 30,000 Lancashire Scouts every year.

The West Lancashire Scouts want to overhaul what's offered at Waddecar Scout Activity Centre, securing its future for the next 100 years. Through a £200,000 fundraising campaign, they hope to increasing its capacity, functionality, and accessibility, as well as creating a modern space for residential activities that can be used by a range of community groups and organisations.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
The site near Beacon FellThe site near Beacon Fell
The site near Beacon Fell | submit

Based on the outskirts of Preston, near Beacon Fell, Waddecar has welcomed young people from across Lancashire and further afield since it opened in 1954. In order to make sure it continues to met the needs of young people for generations to come, West Lancashire Scouts have already invested more than £1.2 million into developing Waddecar’s activity and outdoor pursuit facilities, while replacing the site’s utilities and sanitation infrastructure. 

How the accomodation block might look.How the accomodation block might look.
How the accomodation block might look. | West Lancs Scouts

What's next?

Now they are turning their attention to accommodation. Helme Lodge, the current indoor accommodation, was built in 1963 and has hosted tens of thousands of local and international groups over the past six decades. With a fundraising target of £200,000, the West Lancashire Scouts have plans to build a new sustainable and fully accessible accommodation block with capacity for 80 people, containing two large activity halls, with provision for catering and storage. 

They are calling out to the community as well as potential corporate partners to support the cause and help make Waddecar suitable to host future generations of young people.  

"Once in a generation"

County Trustee for the West Lancashire Scouts, Ollie Woods said: "Our new accommodation building is an ambitious, once in a generation opportunity, for us to unlock new opportunities for tens of thousands of young people from across the North West to explore the outdoors in a safe space at Waddecar, in the heart of the Trough of Bowland. We are excited to launch our fundraising campaign and welcome support from individuals, business and grant-giving organisations."

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.