Scout hut up for sale as 51,000 children on waiting list to join association

A Scout hut has gone up for sale in Orpington, Greater London on the same day that the Scout Association announced it had a waiting list of more than 50,000 children wanting to join its movement.

News Shopper reports that the hut on Brow Crescent, occupied for more than 40 years by 1st Ramsden Scout Group before it folded in 2008, is on the market for between £160,000 and £170,000.

The Scout hut is made of wood and, according to auctioneers Clive Emerson, could be put to a variety of uses.

Auctioneer Ben Snelling said: “This is one of many lots in the area that we are offering.

“Investors and developers will spot the potential in what is a predominantly residential area.

“The other lots offer potential and many are small plots of land that investors will be interested in.”

This week the Scout organisation said it had 51,000 children on a waiting list to become Scouts, Beavers, Cubs or Explorers, citing a shortage of volunteer leaders.

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, said it was a "challenge" to recruit more people.

"We've got 51,000 young people wanting to join and benefit from what scouting offers," he said.

"Volunteering changes us all for the better. Please join me."

The Orpington hut will be sold at auction on Tuesday May 2 at the Clive Emson Conference Centre in Detling, Maidstone.