Scouts take Parliament
Ten eager Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts from 6th Southgate Scout Group took on a variety of tasks across the Parliamentary Estate, which included a litter pick, helping the doorkeepers for the House of Commons and House of Lords galleries and clearing tables in Portcullis House.
The group got the chance to speak to MPs and decision makers about Scout Community Week and asked them to show their support by wearing a pin badge or attending an event in their community.
After an early start the group arrived at Parliament and leaped into action with a litter pick around the grounds. They then enjoyed a tour and met the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon John Bercow, to discuss the group’s plans for the day.
After a quick snack the group got straight to work on Portcullis House, clearing tables and speaking to MPs about their work and sticking Scout Community Week stickers on everyone in sight. The Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts drew in the crowds and TV cameras and were inundated with MPs and parliamentary staff who wanted to speak to them about what was going on.
After another pit stop the group were whisked away to the viewing galleries to help the doorkeepers on the cloakroom and to collect tickets. The group then worked their magic on the press gallery with a swift spring clean.
Hannah, aged 7 and a keen Beaver Scout said, 'Community Week was the best day ever because you get to help out and you get to do jobs which was really fun.'
Support for Scouts
Mike Naworynsky, the Deputy Serjeant at Arms at The House of Commons, commented on the successful day: 'It's just been an absolute pleasure having the young Scouts with us, helping us on this special week for them. They've met some great people and have made a great impression on the doorkeepers and all the staff of the House. They are an absolute credit to the organisation.'
Ed Miliband also pledged his support for Scout Community Week saying, 'Scouting plays an important role in the lives of thousands of young people by offering them the chance to take part in adventures and gain a huge range of valuable skills, all of which helps to set them on the right track for a fulfilling adult life.'
To show your support for Scout Community week and to help make a difference, you can make an online donation.
An Early Day Motion (EDM) has been tabled for Scout Community Week, so if you would like to show your support, email your MP and ask them to sign EDM 24.