BEAVERS, Cubs and Scouts of Carnforth are celebrating the opening of their new £170,000 HQ.

Scouting ambassador Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, said it was a "huge privilege" to cut the ribbon at the "five-star venue" where generations of children would experience "so many adventures".

The MP posted on Facebook: "Huge well done to everyone who fundraised for this amazing venue which will soon also have its own climbing wall. It’s amazing!"

The young members of 1st Carnforth Scouts are calling their purpose-built, eco-friendly home Base Camp. The wood-clad headquarters near the canal, off Kellet Road, has opened after years of fundraising efforts by the Scouts and local volunteers.

At the opening ceremony, 1st Carnforth Scouts were awarded the Commissioner's Commendation for "outstanding dedication and commitment to ensure Scouting has a home in the community for generations to come".

Rebecca Parker, the group's leader, said she felt "very proud" the dream had become a reality.

The Scouts have thanked everyone who worked on the fully accessible building, including local craftsmen, as well as all their supporters.

To find out more about 1st Carnforth Scouts, which welcomes girls and boys aged six to 14, visit