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Bromley Scout meets MP's who to promise to support skills for life

by Paul Amass News Press Release

Bromley Scout meets MP's who to promise to support skills for life

Charlotte, a Scout from the 23rd Bromley was invited on 23rd May to meet local MPs at the Palace of Westminster at an event to launch of the Scout Movement’s next strategic plan - Skills for Life: Our plan to prepare better futures. This new strategy providing skills for life for everyone involved in Scouting will be following a number of key initiatives: 

  • Review and refresh of the programme for 14–25 year olds ensuring that programmes are youth-led, relevant and accessible to young people from all backgrounds, with a focus on employability and life skills 
  • Explore an early years' provision: researching, piloting and evaluating different models to extend Scouting to under 6 year olds 
  • Inclusivity: continue to ensure that Scouting better reflects the demographics of UK society, with an aim to grow in another 500 areas of deprivation and under-representation; on top of the 834 groups established in similar areas in the last 4 years 

Charlotte aged 14, said "I was given the opportunity to meet other Cubs, Scouts and Explorers who were there from all over the UK. We chatted among ourselves about our experiences in Scouting, how much we enjoy it and what skills we have learned. We were split into 4 activity groups to demonstrate the different skills that Scouting helps young people develop. My group ran the pioneering base, where we demonstrated skills such as knot tying, communication and team work. The other bases showed how to make your own lava lamp, a stress ball and a tippy tap. There were several young people running each base, so we took it in turns to demonstrate the pioneering skills and talk to a variety of MPs and Earls. 

Dwayne Fields, Polar explorer and Scout Ambassador, spoke about his childhood in Jamaica, where he was always outdoors and how he then came to England and didn't fit in as he had a different accent and didn't like the food. One of his friends took him to Cubs, which he really enjoyed and afterwards he decided to join. It was a great day that I really enjoyed, as I learned lots about other people’s Scouting experiences. I feel very privileged to have attended this event and to have met Dwayne Fields and a variety of MPs."

If you are interested in volunteering or want more information on local Scout group in Bromley or Bexley please contact our office on 08444 142 769 or email office@glsescouts.org.uk or visit www.glsescouts.org.uk.

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