A night to remember


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The Duchess of Cambridge surprises Scouts in East London.


Special guest

HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge visited to a new Scout Group to mark the launch of our Better Prepared project.

The Duchess joined Beaver Scouts in East London, a Group that was opened as part of the Better Prepared project. The project will see us working with local communities to open new Scout groups in 200 areas around the country where Scouting can have the biggest impact.

The aim is to ensure that even more children have the chance to experience fun and adventure through Scouting, while developing skills that will help change their lives.

The Duchess, who is an official volunteer at Scouts, delighted young people and their leaders with a visit to their Scout HQ in Bow. During the evening, The Duchess enjoyed taking part in activities with the Beaver Scouts, helping to raise disability awareness. Activities included learning how to communicate through sign-language and navigating through activities requiring co-ordination while blind-folded.

Carlos, a volunteer at the Scout Group, said: ‘It was definitely a memorable evening. We were all so excited to see The Duchess at our Scout HQ and the Scouts loved doing the activities with her. The Duchess is such a great ambassador for Scouting; her support will hopefully encourage more adults to volunteer.’

Helping young people

Scouting is already in 70 of the 100 most deprived areas in the UK, but in order to change the lives of even more young people, we need help, from those who can provide places to host Scout meetings to those who can help fund this work.

We also need more volunteers. Despite youth membership numbers standing at well 446,000 and showing year-on-year growth, Scouting needs at least another 1,000 flexible adult volunteers to help us open groups in the 200 Better Prepared areas. Across the country, Scouting needs 16,000 more adult volunteers to ensure that it can give the 40,000 young people on its waiting lists a place.

Carlos comments: ‘Scouts give young people access to some fantastic opportunities that they might not have access to otherwise. As someone who had never considered volunteering with The Scout Association until recently, I can’t recommend it enough! It’s a brilliant experience for those who love adventure and working with young people. Being a volunteer changed my life and I am proud I can change the life of the young people in the community in which I live and work.’

‘The Duchess’s visit is in support of helping communities deliver Scouting to places across the UK where young people need our help most,’ says Chief Scout, Bear Grylls. ‘You can support this work by volunteering today. We’re looking for adults of all ages and from every walk of life. And the rewards are immense – both for you and the young people. Helping young people is my best adventure yet.’

Check out a video of The Duchess's visit below.

Get involved and help us change the lives of young people throughout the UK: scouts.org.uk/betterprepared.

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