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Scouts: Thinking of Others at Christmas

posted 30 Nov 2012, 11:01 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 14:57 ]
Scouts considered the plight of the homeless
Scouts made boards considering why homelessness is a problem.
It's easy to get caught up in the lights and sounds of Christmas, the shops are full of Christmas spirit and the highstreets are bustling with shoppers buying those last minute gifts. Families come together and share Christmas cheer, but what about those that don't have a family, don't have a home to go to and won't have a hearty Christmas dinner on the 25th?

As part of the Christmas programme, scouts have been considering the causes and impacts of homelessness. The activity started with a video from Centrepoint, one of the UK's biggest  charities supporting young homeless people. You can watch the video for yourselves here.

Scouts then worked in patrols, to make an A-Z of homelessness board to go on display for local exhibition in the church. Scouts set away to combine their thoughts, images, feelings and some startling statistics onto the board. Did you know for example that 80,000 young people experience homelessness each year in the UK?

3rd Washington Scouts aims to promote citizenship through adventure and provides a unique package of interrelated benefits for its participants. These can be defined as having fun, building good relationships, taking part in activities as well as the opportunity to contribute to the community and improve life chances. We offer a new adventure every week and this is the vehicle that we use to develop citizenship.