Scouts say #iwill
We’re proud to support #iwill, a campaign to help young people make a difference in their communities and their own lives.
#iwill, which is run by the charity Step up to Serve and backed by HRH Prince Charles and the UK’s three main political parties, aims to double the number of young people taking part in social action by 2020.
Ben Morante, 12, is a Scouting ambassador for the #iwill campaign. He is an Assistant Patrol Leader at the 2nd East London Scouts. Ben volunteers for his local charity Neighbours in Poplar, which helps bring together people who feel lonely. He says: ‘I like spending time with the older people who come to the Sunday lunch and events that the charity holds for them. Volunteering is really important and can make a big difference to communities.’
When a typhoon struck the Philippines last year, Ben’s Scout Troop collected food, clothing and medicine, and raised over £2,000 in donations for those affected. ‘It felt great to be able to do that’ says Ben.
Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner, comments on our commitment to youth social action: ‘Volunteering is at the heart of Scouting, and this campaign is a great way to encourage even more young people to get out and do something positive for their community. As well as helping out those around them, young people can gain practical skills that they might not learn elsewhere.’
Find out more and pledge to support the campaign at iwill.org.uk.
Read our pledge at iwill.org.uk/pledge/scout-association.