Scouts to the rescue

Flood News

As storms and heavy downpours batter the UK, Scouts have been out in force to lend a hand.

Explorer Scouts from Poseidon Unit in Yalding, Kent came to the aid of the community during dramatic flooding. As the river waters rose, 130 homes were flooded up to several feet and the village was plunged into darkness.

Explorer Scout, Joseph, 17, who has a three-star canoeing qualification, didn’t hesitate to put his skills to good use. Accompanied by Explorer Scout, Laura, 13, the brave rescuers managed to ferry an electrician to a control point in their canoe and restore power to the village.

On Christmas Day, Joseph and Laura helped rescue and resettle various members of the community, plus animals of all shapes and sizes. Laura said: ‘It wasn’t just people that had to be taken by canoe, but their pets as well, and we also led a horse to safety.’

Watch ITV’s coverage of the Scouting heroics.

Scouting spirit

In Boston, Lincolnshire, Scouts and leaders donated provisions to a local food bank for people left stranded by the floods.

Scout leaders, Martin and Tracy Chapman, from 1st Boston, also took in a member of the community who was left homeless after the flooding, while Karen McGarry, Assistant District Commissioner (Beaver Scouts), helped plan and run a community children's party for affected families.

District Commissioner Rob Johnson said: ‘I would personally like to thank all who helped during the floods in Boston. It was a true show of Scouting spirit.’

Let us know about your own Scout Group’s heroics and how you have helped your community during the recent bad weather: email scouting.magazine@scouts.org.uk.

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