A memorial for Scouts
Volunteers inspired by Explorer Scouts from 64th Birmingham Scout Group have launched a project to fund a Scouting Memorial to remember all who have given service to Scouting and honour members who have suffered through conflict. The Scouting Memorial will be built in Staffordshire at the National Memorial Arboretum, the UK’s year-round centre of remembrance.
Paul Little, project co-ordinator, explains: 'We want to give everyone in UK Scouting the chance to be part of this, which is why we’ve launched a national competition to design the memorial. We’re encouraging leaders to raise awareness of this project and talk about remembrance within their Groups.'
He continues: 'We wanted to give young people ownership of the project from the start. Connor White, a ten-year-old Cub from Birmingham, designed our cloth and pin memorial badges that can be worn on uniforms with local permission and so far we’ve sold more than 16,000!'
Organisers of the project are keen to hear your stories about exceptional service and courage within Scouting as well as about members of The Scout Association who have served in the armed forces.
The fundraising target is just over £80,000, which will go towards the memorial’s design, building and maintenance costs. So far the team has raised £21,000, largely from badge donations. To find out more about the project and how you can help, visit tsmp.org.uk.