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Bromley councillors take on scouts in open day

PUBLISHED: 13:56 16 October 2015

From Left to right , Cllr Richard Scoates, Sandhya from the 14th Bromley,  Cllr Christine Catterall, Elliott V-Smith from the 27th Bromley, Jonny from the 5th Petts Wood and Councillor Teresa Ball

From Left to right , Cllr Richard Scoates, Sandhya from the 14th Bromley, Cllr Christine Catterall, Elliott V-Smith from the 27th Bromley, Jonny from the 5th Petts Wood and Councillor Teresa Ball

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Councillors from Bromley joined scouts from the borough in an activity day

Bromley scouts challenged local councillors at an activity day last weekend.

On October 10th, councillors joined scouts from Bexley and Bromley at Downe Scout Activity Centre, taking part in challenges such as abseiling, archery, backwoods cooking and high all aboard.

The ‘high all aboard’ challenge involves four people climbing up a pole onto a shared platform.

Councillor Teresa Ball from Cray Valley East said: “As the Council’s representative for the London Youth Games, I have a good idea of the level of talent, dedication and self-motivation possessed by the young people in Bromley, and my time with the Scouts only confirmed this”

“They were very friendly and did an excellent job of welcoming me and making me feel safe even when I standing on top of a 13 metres pole.

“Scouting is so clearly rewarding for everyone involved, regardless of age or gender.

“My only regret is that I had the experience so late in life, so I would definitely encourage everybody to try it out sooner rather than later”

Currently, there are more than 5,200 young people aged 6 to 25 involved in Scouting within Bromley and Bexley, with the association’s chief scout currently all-round adventurer Bear Grylls.

The day was organised as the Greater London South East Scouts group calls on local councillors to champion scouting in their local area.

Bromley and Bexley Scouting adult workers contribute 327,000 voluntary hours per year to the Scouts.

5th Petts Wood Explorer Scout, Jonny Zaple, 13, said: “The event was a life changing experience.

“It helped me realise I can make a change and I hope the councillors in my area can help me to do that.”

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