Save the date: Scout Community Week 2013
Back in June, groups across the UK took on a range of projects for our groundbreaking fundraising initiative, Scout Community Week. All that effort really paid off and the campaign proved to be an enormous success.
Scouts made a real difference to local communities and raised vital funds too. As such we're really pleased to announce that Scout Community Week will return in 2013, running from 3-9 June.
Earlier this summer, the support of sponsors B&Q helped Scout Community Week take off in spectacular style. Thousands of projects were initiated across the country, from tree planting to memorial restoration, earning positive feedback from the public while raising much-needed funds for Scouting.
Stories of success
National headlines commented favourably on the return of the fondly-remembered bob-a job, but with a new community ethos, making it our biggest fundraising initiative in decades. There were many success stories from all over the UK.
Skegness 1st Scout Group helped to develop a sensory area with seating at the Coastal Eco Centre. Scout Leader Sylvia Myers said: 'The Eco Centre has quite a few disabled groups who go in and there was nowhere for them to sit and eat their lunch. The Group was able to fundraise at their local B&Q store to support the project and get materials. We also donated 25% of what we raised to the Scout development fund which is used for children who can't afford to get into Scouting.'
The money donated by Groups to the Development Grants Board has gone towards its continuing work in a number of areas, including supporting Scouts with special needs and enabling young people to take part in Scouting who otherwise could not afford to do so.
Brightening up local areas
Xenolith Explorer Scout Unit got plenty of praise for their 'Ulverston in Bloom' initiative. They built decorative flower planters, filled with fabulous displays. These were sited in the local area in time for the Jubilee celebrations.
Local MP John Woodcock came along to a workshop to help with the final painting. He said, 'I was happy to do my bit for Scout Community Week with the Xenolith Explorer Unit. They have a fantastic set-up in their Headquarters at Priory Road and the planters they have painted will help brighten up the town centre for the Jubilee Celebrations.'
Xenolith Explorer Scout, Max Carruthers aged 17, said, 'Scout Community Week was a really good opportunity for me to get involved in my community. I’ve helped out building planter boxes, and it’s good to know we'll be making a difference.'
Explorer Scout leader Bryan Caine said: 'The project has been very successful and an excellent launch for Scout Community Week in our District, I know we are already pencilled in for another partnership event next year.'
What will you do next year?
Like many others, Chief Scout Bear Grylls was hugely impressed and proud of what Scouts achieved over the course of the week. He even recorded a special thank you message dedicated to all those who took part.
Why not get involved in 2013 and create your own success story? With your input, Scout Community Week 2013 is sure to be another great campaign, raising awareness of the fantastic impact Scouting has in local communities. Save the date and get ready to register later this year.