DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
3 October 2015
Minister John O’Dowd has opened the recently redeveloped £450,000 scout centre
Minister John O’Dowd has re-opened the redeveloped £450,000 facility for
Ballyhornan Scout Centre, near Strangford.
investment, provided by the Department of Education, has allowed a new purpose
built hall to be built and linked to the existing four huts, new modern kitchen
facilities to be installed and storage and toilet facilities to be upgraded. In
addition the landscaping improvements have meant there is now additional
camping and play areas for youth members.
Speaking as he
cut the ribbon to officially open the new building, Minister John O’Dowd said: “This
£450,000 investment in Ballyhornan Scout Centre is an investment for everyone
in this local community and its future. Children and young people are key to
building a peaceful, stable and prosperous future and there continues to be a
growing interest in the role that youth work can play in helping them enhance
and fulfil their education needs and skills.
facilities such as Ballyhornan Scout Centre provide young people with a safe
and friendly environment to meet and develop their own individual skills, which
in turn will allow them to enhance their own skills within their local
would like thank all those who have been personally involved in youth work in
this centre and for their continued dedication and commitment which has had a
positive impact on so many young lives. I am confident this new facility will
make a significant impact on youth work and I wish you well for the future.”
Commissioner for Down and Connor Scout County said: “I am delighted that
Minister O’Dowd was able to join Scouting Ireland’s Chief Scout and guests at
the official opening today. I would like to thank the Minister and his
Department for their support for scouting in general and in particular for
their financial support which enabled the redevelopment of the Ballyhornan
Scout Centre which is a fantastic facility for the County. The work that has
been recently completed at Ballyhornan will allow our leaders to plan a range
of activities at the centre regardless of the weather conditions.”
Scout Centre is a 64 bed facility managed by Down and Connor Scout County
2. It has a new
state of the art kitchen and dining hall, dormitories, leaders chill out room
and a larger modern hall for indoor activities.
3. In addition
to being used by scout groups for overnight stays the facility can also be used
for training and conferences.
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