A COUNCIL leader has donated £400 to support the scouting movement in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Councillor Sybil Ralphs, leader of the district authority, has donated the money from her members' community funding programme.
The presentation took place at the Stanley Head Outdoor activity centre.
Ms Ralphs said: "It is always good to have the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate achievement.
"I recently had the opportunity to do just that when I met with the members and leaders of the Leek and District Scouts.
"It was a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable occasion.
"These young people really impressed me with their enthusiasm and dedication to scouting.
"They outlined to me the wide range of activities and projects that members can get involved in; the list seemed endless.
"But what was also apparent was the emphasis placed on encouraging individual aspiration – cultivating a can-do attitude, and acknowledging the value of team-work, while at the same time enjoying a great deal of fun and companionship.
"In my opinion scouting is an integral part of youth provision here in the Moorlands.
"The movement has a proud and honourable history, and if the young people that I met are typical of its present membership, then it has a significantly bright future."
The cheque was presented to district commissioner, Philip Shemilt.
Mr Shemilt said: "The money will be used for a young leaders day at Stanley Head. This will help them in the future.
"All the money we receive is very much appreciated as it helps to do that little extra.
"The young leaders put in a lot of hard work, this will give them a little back.
"They also take part with groups at our Consall camp, which we are presently doing development work on.
"We are encouraging schools to use Consall as the programmes can be designed to what they want.
"We have 350 youngsters involved in scouting across the Moorlands at the present time.
"We have three groups in Leek, one in Endon, and two in Cheadle.
"Young leaders are part of the decision-making and we also work alongside the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts."
If any youngsters would like to join the scouting groups visit the website www.moorlandscouts.org