Saint-Gobain Abrasives donates handmade fire pit to Scout group

Stafford-based manufacturer and one of the UK's most renowned abrasives specialists, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, recently gifted Stafford's 12th Berkswich Scout Group a brand-new fire pit. Made by Saint-Gobain employee and all-round Norton Abrasives expert, Paul Gray, the fire pit has recently been re-homed with the local Scouts to enjoy.


Fire pitThe 12th Berkswich Scout Group is made up of three Scout Troops, three Cub Packs, three Beaver Colonies and one Explorer Unit, making it the largest Scout group in Staffordshire and the 8th largest in the country.


The fire pit arrived just in time for spring when camping, fire lighting and backwoods cooking activities begin. The Scout's newest piece of equipment made its official debut at the Mohawk Scout Troop's first camp of the year in May, where the theme was 'Mission Impossible', and the children enjoyed super-spy related games and skill building activities.


Previously, the group could only use marked-out areas in the grass where a fire could be built and lit on the campsite; now, with the Norton fire pit, Scouts can build and enjoy the fire without scorching the grass and even practice fire-related skills back at the Scout hut.


Lindsay Lillico, one of the leaders of the Mohawk Scout Troop and VMI Planner at Saint-Gobain Abrasives, comments: "The children have been keen to test out the fire pit already. When practising cooking at the Scout hut recently, it wasn't long until the fire pit had been wheeled out with a bag of marshmallows for toasting – although these didn't last very long! The children love starting up fires and doing a bit of cooking, so there's plenty of excitement around this new bit of equipment."


Norton Abrasives is a brand of Saint-Gobain Abrasives. The fire pit was originally created in a 'how to' video series, educating DIYers on how to use Norton products to make their own fire pits at home and build confidence in metal fabrication.


Still available online now, DIYers and metal fabricators at home can learn how to make the perfect garden accessory through an easy-to-follow instructional video, using a trusty angle grinder, a few simple tools and Norton abrasives. The step-by-step video also showcases an abundance of helpful hints and tips, product expertise and some excellent close-ups of abrasives in action. As an added extra, viewers can also download printable step-by-step instructions on how to build their own fire pit to refer back to at a later date.


Since the how-to video and the fire pit was finished, Norton then decided to recycle the unused garden accessory and donate it to the local Scout group.


With a total of around 280 children from the ages of six right up to 18 years old from across Stafford and surrounding areas, Norton's fire pit will be getting plenty of use from the 12th Stafford Scouts.


For further information on the 12th Berkswich Scout Group, visit:, or to learn how to build your very own fire pit with Norton Abrasives, watch: