Brownies and Rainbows from Laycock are heading to the great outdoors thanks to a Community First grant.

Youngsters will take part in den building, campfires, environmental art, team-building and bush craft.

Leaders of the 10th Keighley (New Church) pack hope the experience will build the girls’ confidence and social skills.

Following sessions with a forestry expert, the girls will take part in outdoor challenges at Waddow Hall near Clitheroe.

The New Church Brownies are among three groups that recently received grants from the Community First fund for Keighley West ward. This is a Government fund for deprived areas, with panels of local people deciding who receives grants in each area.

Braithwaite and Guard House Community Association received £2,362 for ten weeks of family swimming sessions, and lessons in sewing, altering and cake decorating.

The Sue Belcher Community Centre in Bracken Bank was given £2,493 for a young people’s work club and a school students’ homework club.

Keighley councillor Jan Smithies, who oversees the West ward funding panel, said the money was particularly useful in the current climate.

She added: “Community First is making a tangible difference in the ward.”