Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) were visited by the 1st Huntspill & Highbridge Scout Troop who participated in a workshop hosted by the Automotive department.
The Scout Association provides young people with the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed.
Celebrating diversity and standing against intolerance, the Huntspill & Highbridge Scout Troop are a part of the larger values-based movement of The Scout Association which boasts over 420,000 members.
The Scout Association recently saw their biggest growth in membership since the Second World War, thanks to some amazing efforts from volunteers.
In order to support the scouts in achieving their Mechanics badge, several activities were arranged at BTC’s Bridgwater Campus, including basic car maintenance and changing a road wheel.
Todd Williams, a BTC student and scout, arranged the visit after recognising the opportunity during his studies.
The session was led by expert BTC Automotive staff, with support from Scout Section Leader Ian Tiley, with the intention of developing crucial skills and a core understanding of vehicle upkeep.
Ian Tiley, said,
The scouts thoroughly enjoyed the visit, and have been giving Todd positive feedback for organising it. The scouts left with knowledge of how to do basic checks on vehicles, and they were excited with the opportunity of hands-on mechanical work. Thank you to Geoff Perry for the session he ran for us!
Taking place over a two-hour period, the Scouts were provided a tour of the new Automotive facilities, enjoying the broad selection of vehicles – from HGVs and EVs to race and rally cars.
Then, the Scouts geared up for the activity portion of the session, tackling basic car maintenance first-hand with guidance from our technicians and lecturers.
Geoff Perry, Course Leader, said,
It was great to have the opportunity to give the Huntspill & Highbridge Scout Troop an extensive tour of our facilities, and they were engaged throughout. Eager to get stuck into activities, they were introduced to the workshop with care, before performing basic car checks – such as oil and coolant level, screen wash and tyre pressure – and learning how to change a wheel.
They were ecstatic to start the car up at the end, and check it was running correctly; a rewarding finish for what was a fantastic session.