North Devon Taw Explorer Scouts can now take to the water for a new activity thanks to the generosity of the surrounding communities.

North Devon Taw Explorer Scouts try out the new paddleboards purchased thanks to generous local grants. Picture: Tony GussinNorth Devon Taw Explorer Scouts try out the new paddleboards purchased thanks to generous local grants. Picture: Tony Gussin

Grants from various sources have enabled the Taw Explorers to purchase two extra large stand up paddleboards that can support a up to eight people, together with paddles and flotation vests.

The equipment will also be used by all Scout groups across the district on a small private lake near Knowle.

Steve Donohue, district Explorer Scout commissioner, said it offered a new and exciting activity to Scouting members aged between eight and 25 across North Devon.

He thanked a number of sources for donations, including Rotary Shop and Freemasons.

North Devon Taw Explorer Scouts try out the new paddleboards purchased thanks to generous local grants. Picture: Tony GussinNorth Devon Taw Explorer Scouts try out the new paddleboards purchased thanks to generous local grants. Picture: Tony Gussin

Local councillors Caroline Chugg, Frank Biederman, John Matthews, Jeremy Yabsley and Robin Bonds plus many more donated funds from their locality budgets.

There was also a significant donation from Devon County Communities Together Grants Scheme.

To find out more about scouting in North Devon and how to get involved, visit http://www.northdevonscouts.org/ .

North Devon Taw Explorer Scouts try out the new paddleboards purchased thanks to generous local grants. Picture: Tony GussinNorth Devon Taw Explorer Scouts try out the new paddleboards purchased thanks to generous local grants. Picture: Tony Gussin

North Devon Taw Explorer Scouts try out the new paddleboards purchased thanks to generous local grants. Picture: Tony GussinNorth Devon Taw Explorer Scouts try out the new paddleboards purchased thanks to generous local grants. Picture: Tony Gussin

North Devon Taw Explorer Scouts try out the new paddleboards purchased thanks to generous local grants. Picture: Tony GussinNorth Devon Taw Explorer Scouts try out the new paddleboards purchased thanks to generous local grants. Picture: Tony Gussin