Scouts lead Bookbridge
Scouts collect 40,000 books for Bookbridge charity.
Bookbridge is a charity that aims to improve children’s access to education in developing countries, giving them a way out of the poverty they are born into.
The Bookbridge project this year was hosted by 2nd East London Scout Group based in the Isle of Dogs, East London.
The Group was approached by Bookbridge with the aim to collect 15,000 books before the UK July collection, which will help to open up a new library in Cambodia.
From January-June this year, with the help of parents and local schools, 2nd East London Scout Group collected around 20,000 books. It took 2nd East London Scout volunteers (including Cubs, Scouts, leaders and parents) four days to sort, clean and pack all the books ready to be shipped out to Cambodia and Mongolia.
By the book
Scouts from across the UK collected books for the charity, including Oxfordshire Scouts, who collected 4,060 books.
Last year, Scouts across the UK collected thousands of books to help children in Cambodia, which led to new education centres in Takeo and Siam Reap.
If you want to plan a programme for young people, log in to the member's section of the website and visit programmes online (found under the 'my tools' tab).
If you want to get involved in Bookbridge for next year, email Daisy Charlton at The Scout Association.