Bromley scouts clear footpaths and share jokes to mark community week
PUBLISHED: 14:09 11 June 2014
Scouts across the borough have been volunteering to demonstrate the benefits and impact that scouting has on both individuals and the community as a whole.
Marking the third Scout Community Week, which takes place annually from June 2 to June 8, children found a variety of ways to help people in their local areas through carrying out projects or just making them smile.
The 8th West Wickham Scouts set to work tidying up the Forest School zone at Southborough Lane Primary School, assisting the Friends of Well Wood in Coney Hall to clear footpaths and plant new trees.
25 members of the 5th Chislehurst Scout Group went to Belmont Lane Open Space to tackle a large expanse of undergrowth that had started to take over some of the footpaths.
Their hard work led to the creation of a more pleasant open space for people to enjoy and the group are intending to feature this kind of clearance work in their future scouting programme.
Other scout members took a different approach and decided to focus on making people laugh.
Cubs from the 7th Orpington Pack made their way to Orpington High Street, where they invited passers by to share their jokes and handed them out notes.
8-year-old Cub Dillon Precious said: “It was great fun to make people laugh and smile as we gave out jokes in the High Street.”
Speaking about the benefits of the community week, which is sponsored by B&Q, Cub Scout volunteer Chris Price said: “The Scout Community Week initiative will build on the voluntary work that many Scouts are already doing in Bromley, as well as encouraging even more Groups to get involved. B&Q is supporting Scout Community Week through in-store skills demonstrations, help and support on projects, and the donation of materials like plants, paint and tools.
“The positive impact of Scout Community Week goes well beyond the communities themselves. Recent research demonstrated the employability of adult Scout leaders as well as young Scouts improves as a result of their involvement with the Scout Movement and through the skills they gain from volunteering at events such as Scout Community Week.”
Bear Grylls, UK Chief Scout, who recently paid a visit to delighted Bromley scouts, said: “The Scouts from Bromley that will be involved in Scout Community Week should be immensely proud. The fact that so many here and across the country are involved is fantastic. “Volunteering is at the heart of Scouting, and this event is a great way for Scouts to get out and do one thing for their community. As well as helping out those around them, with B&Q’s support Scouts can gain practical skills that they might not learn elsewhere.”