THE sod will be officially turned at the site of the new Castlebar Scout Den tomorrow (Saturday) by Minister Michael Ring.
Speaking ahead of the event to mark construction of the facility, the minister commended all involved for having the vision and ambition to build Mayo’s first ever purpose-built den.
He commented: “The new den will, no doubt, be of great benefit to both the young people and volunteers who use it and indeed it will be of benefit to the wider Castlebar community.”
The project is being supported with €300,000 from the LEADER Programme, which is administered by Minister Ring's department.
Said the minister: “Scouting provides a wonderful outlet and important life skills to young people. It also helps foster a love of our great outdoors and an appreciation, at an early age, of the benefits of working together.
“With this investment, Castlebar will have a top of the range scouting den which will allow the group to increase numbers and will include facilities for wheelchair access. This is a real coup for the town and is fantastic news for local parents and young people.”