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Welcoming the Mayor of Sunderland

posted 13 Mar 2013, 15:40 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 14:54 ]
It's a real pleasure and a priviledge to have the opportunity to show off the fun, challenge and adventure that our young people experience every week... especially when the person you are showing off to is the Right Worshipful Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Iain Kay.

We invited the Mayor as the group aims to continue to build the profile of scouting in the local community. On the night of the visit, there was stacks going on! Cubs at Oxclose were enjoying a James Bond night and the timing of the arrival of 'M' couldn't have been more perfect.

In true James Bond style, the mayor enjoyed mocktails (stirred not shaken on this occasion), and tackled some serious spy training with cubs dressing to impress in their best Bond suits and Bond Girl dresses. We're still not sure if Mick came as James Bond or an evil villain, but everyone had a brilliant time.

Beavers impressed the Mayor and Mayoress with their imagination activity, with fantastic collages that they'd made on the night. As you would expect from a beaver creative activity, there was glitter everywhere! Beavers talked to the mayor about the badges they had earned during the last six months.

A short trip across Washington brought the mayor to the second venue of the night, where cubs at St Andrews were playing some very energetic games, having completed team challenges to engineer a huge tower from newspaper.

After the whistle stop tour of our beavers and both cub packs, the Mayor and Mayoress spent some time chatting to James and Emily who were great ambassadors for the scout section. James told the Mayor about our international adventures in France, and Emily explained how her mum had become one of our vital volunteers initially becoming an occasional helper, but then making the commitment as a uniformed leader.

Before the Mayor and Mayoress left us, there was time to see scouts at St Andrews trying their hand at street dance, we couldn't persuade the Mayor to join in, but it was a great way to end the night as it showed the variety of activities that young people can enjoy as a member of the group.

Each week, young people are faced with dilemmas and problems on a daily basis. Through scouting they can develop better understanding of their values and be more confident in exploring their own beliefs. Young people at Scouts learn to work in different groups, identifying the skills and attitudes needed to work with others. In doing so, scouts build their knowledge in key areas such as team building, this helps young people to adapt to situations they encounter when outside of Scouts.