Northampton and Wellingborough Sea Cadets and Nene Valley Scouts could be offered a new base at a proposed £50m shopping complex.
Developer LXB Properties, which is behind the plans for Rushden Lakes at Skew Bridge, is in talks with the two groups about them possibly basing themselves at the proposed Rushden Lakes water activities centre.
Scouts county commissioner Tony Keay said: “While we have the Sir John Lowther Activity Centre in Kettering, we’ve been looking for years for an opportunity to have our own water activities base for canoeing and sailing. We’re behind this development because of the huge community benefits and opportunities it’ll bring to the young people across the county.”
Lt Cdr Chris Read, of the Sea Cadets, said: “We want to grow and allow the young people of Rushden to experience fun, challenging watersports activities and a facility at Rushden Lakes would really help.”
LXB development director Jon McCarthy added: “Having the Scouts and Sea Cadets at Rushden Lakes captures the essence of community this development is all about.”