Camping, climbing, canoeing...and now politics
Scouts took over the House of Commons yesterday to launch Talk This Way: From Scout to Speaker of the House, a resource to help Scouts become active, engaged and informed citizens, ready to play their part in the democratic process.
To celebrate the launch, hundreds of Scouts challenged MPs to test their brainpower as part of a head-to-head quiz in Parliament.
Wild in Westminster
Local MPs teamed up with 32 Scout Groups from across the UK to compete against each other in a quiz hosted by Going for Gold’s Henry Kelly. He tested the Scouts and MPs on a range of parliamentary issues including law-making, political parties and the electoral process.
Talk This Way, the new resource pack launched at the event, is available to all Scout leaders and aims to educate young people about Parliament. It uses a variety of activities to show how they can engage with and influence the democratic process. The resource includes House of Commons-style debates to encourage Scouts to think about arguments from all sides and develop their views on today's most important political issues.
Fostering links between Scouts and MPs
The resource, created in partnership with Parliament's Education Service, builds on activities such as the successful Scouts Question Time and the Scouts Speak Up events at this year's party conferences. The aim is to get young people talking to politicians and to develop the important relationships between Scouts and their local MPs.
Imogen, a Scout from Enfield, certainly enjoyed the day: 'The quiz was so much fun – I learnt lots of new things about Parliament and it was great to spend time with my local MP. I can't wait to do the activities from Talk this Way with my Scout Group, especially debating.'
Stephen, from the 1st Norbreck Scout Group in Blackpool, agreed, and highlighted how the Do1Thing campaign helped Scouts engage with local communities: 'I'm looking forward to using Talk this Way with my Scout Group. Events like Scout Community Week show us how much our young people want to get involved in their communities and be active citizens. This new resource will help them to understand and engage with politics.'
Get your Group talking too
Find out more about our vital campaigning work and download Talk This Way at scouts.org.uk/campaigning