Dinosaur sleep ins power boats and cook-ins - its never been as much fun to join the scouts.

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The 1st Skegby Scouts group has risen from the ashes after a fire nearly destroyed their headquarters last year.

The group which formed in 2011 has a thriving membership with 16 scouts, 17 beavers and more than 30 cubs eager to take part in the derring do outdoor activities scouting is famous for.

It could have been curtains for the group after an arson attack at the hut on Mansfield Road destroyed the roof and flooring and damaged the scouts precious camping equipment.

After months of hard work it reopened in November, and since then more and more boys and girls have caught the scouting bug.

Scout leader Nathan Middleton, said: “Things have really taken off recently.

“At one point our membership dropped to five and I was contemplating closing the group.

“But we had a massive influx of new people who were up for back to basic scouting activities like lighting fires camping and backwards cooking.

“We have a 50/50 split between male and female scouts and we are expecting two more girls to join after the Summer holidays.

“The girls are just as eager for getting muddy.”

This summer scouts have been busy at a survival camp where they braved what Nathan described as “sideways rain”, slept under tarpaulins and cooked on an open fire.

And recently they went to a water camp on the River Trent where they drove powerboats and paddled in kayaks.

Nathan added: “We have done a lot of promotional activities at schools and I have had the help of a dedicated assistant scout leader to help me develop programmes. I think the word has got round that we are doing some awesome scouting stuff.”

Activites coming up include navigation work with maps and compasses and navigating by the stars as the dark nights draw in.

The younger members of the group, the Beavers and Cubs also have a packed programme of activities.

Scouts and Cubs are fundraising for a trip of a lifetime to London’s Natural History Museum for a Dino-Snore sleepover, where they will sleep among the exhibits and have a torchlight tour of the museum.

Cubs leader Julie Butler, said: “Some families won’t e able to afford the full amount, so we are hoping to subsidise them. It will be something they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

The 1st Skegby Scouts are still in the process of replacing damaged tents and equipment, including six pop up tents for the Beavers’ indoor sleepovers.

They are also looking for Scout leaders, assistant leaders, volunteer helpers and committee members.

Anyone interested in helping out can contact Group leader Ian Butler on 07528584841.

Scouts for boys and girls aged 10-14 meet on Wednesday evenings at Skegby Scout Hut, next to Triple ‘S’ on Mansfield Road, from 7-9pm.

Cubs, for ages 8-10yrs meet on Mondays from 6-7.30pm; Beavers for ages 6-8 meet Wednesdays 6-7pm.