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The Tesco Eat Happy Project has teamed up with The Scout Association to teach young people all about where their food comes from and how to cook it.

To mark the launch of this exciting new partnership, Scout volunteers were asked what skills they think young people should have by age 11. More than 250 11-year-olds were then asked which of those skills they confidently feel they have:

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Despite being voted the most important skill by more than 300 Scout leaders, just 39% of all 11-year olds surveyed said they knew what to do in a first aid emergency. Most young people – more than 80% in each case – were confident of their ‘life skills’, such as being part of a team and able to make new friends.

Two-thirds (67%) said they know how to stay safe online but less than half (41%) knew how to cook or prepare a healthy meal.

Farm to Fork

The partner badge is for all Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts who complete the Tesco Eat Happy Farm to Fork Trail, on which they can learn all about how their food is grown or produced. Stops on the trail include seeing behind the scenes of a Tesco bakery, learning which animals cheese comes from, being taught how to gut a fish and fun challenges like where different fruit and vegetables are grown.

Bear Grylls, UK Chief Scout comments on the new partnership: ‘Many young people have lost touch with where their food actually comes from and it’s great that Tesco, in partnership with the Scouts, have created a Farm to Fork Trail that Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts can go on that provides a meaningful way of reconnecting young people with what’s on their plates. That knowledge and experience will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.’

Hannah Kentish, UK Scouting Youth Commissioner adds: ‘The survey results are full of practical skills and adventure-based activities; this is exactly what Scouting is all about. Knowing how to cook a healthy meal is a great skill for young people and it’s important they know where food actually comes from.’

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