SCOUTING is about helping children become the best they can be. Instilling in them honest, decent values that will help form the foundations they need to grow into hardworking, morally sound adults. Expanding their knowledge, teaching them new skills and, most of all, having fun.
I am an assistant cub leader of 270th Intake Scout Group, Norfolk District, Sheffield, which consists of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts, ranging from five to 18 years of age. We currently have around 60 children, plus a fair-sized waiting list.
We do many fundraising events, such as summer and Christmas fairs, jumble sales, table tops, beetle drives and pie and pea suppers.
We also organise sponsored events so the children can be much more involved such as walks, bike rides, filling a Smarties tube with 20p pieces (a favourite with the kids) and sponsored silences (you’ve guessed it, a favourite with the leaders). We also do events which help the community - our community - such as litter-picks, bag- packing and bulb-planting.
Funds raised go to the upkeep of the building, paying overheads, keeping equipment safe and replacing it as necessary (some of it is older than I am), buying and replacing activity and craft materials and maintaining sports equipment. We also want to install a ramp to make the building more accessible for everybody.
Due to the current economical climate, we find it increasingly difficult to raise funds. People just don’t have as much disposable income.
Therefore, I have been asked to find out if anyone could make a donation or provide us with anything we may be able to use in a raffle or as equipment. Anything donated will be put to good use and much appreciated.
Kim Briggs, assistant cub leader