12th May, 2021

Redditch Scouts keep on having fun, despite lockdown

Ross Crawford 10th Feb, 2021

REDDITCH Scouts have not let the disappointment of another lockdown stop them from keeping busy and having fun.

Boosted by a Redditch Borough Council grant of £4,719 to ‘Keep Redditch Scouting’ Scout leaders have adapted quickly to offer online and Scout-at-home activities.

Already this year Scouts have enjoyed a magic show and taken part in some Spectacular Science experiments and disability-awareness activities. Many young people participated in a nationwide Winter Camp last month, enjoying a virtual escape room, camping in the garden and making ‘armpit’ fudge.

Families have also been taking part in the Shirehike Challenge, completing local walks to earn a special badge.

Group Scout Leader Sally Payne said: “Scouting has provided some much-needed routine, social connection and fun for young people.

“It was great when outdoor meetings were possible as nothing beats the fun and adventure of cooking on a fire, hiking and spending time together.

“But we’ve still been able to keep Scouting activities and traditions going online. Groups have used their portion of the grant to provide resources such as fire-lighting tools, compasses and sports equipment for young people to use at home.

Scout groups across Redditch could all do with some extra adult help too, so if anyone is looking for a new challenge or want to ‘give something back,’ get in touch via the Redditch Scouts website.

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