Youngsters from 1st Holmer Scout Group, despite all the setbacks of Covid this year, have continued working hard on their programme and doing their bit for the community.  This week, Beavers and Cubs from the Group have taken a bin bag and gloves with them on their daily walk and have taken the opportunity to collect litter.

Throughout the Covid crisis, Holmer Scouts have continued to offer a busy programme of activities for their young people, using a combination of socially distanced face-to-face meetings when it’s been safe and allowed to do so, and online meetings when it hasn’t. Activities, often suggested by the young people themselves, have included making bird feeders, raising awareness of endangered animals, writing to care-home residents, cooking on fires and even a couple of “virtual camps”. 

The litter-picking activity is part of the “Community Impact “ activity badge that young people in the Group, boys and girls aged from 6-14, are working on together, looking at wildlife and how we can do our bit to help it.

The Scouts is the largest co-educational youth organisation in the UK, with almost half a million young members aged between 6 and 25, supported by 130,000 adult volunteers.  With a focus on skills for life, everyday adventure, teamwork, fun and friendship, the Worldwide Orgnanisation of Scout Movements (alongside their GirlGuiding colleagues) have recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2021 in recognition of their work in bringing people together across the World. 

Mel Brammer (Cub Scout Leader) said, “It’s great to see how engaged our young people are with community and environment issues.  They really want to make the world a better place.”  Cub Scout, Isobel said, “I can’t believe how much litter people drop.  It’s like they just don’t care about where they live.”  Edith (Beaver Scout) said, “I went out to do this early because I was so excited to do it!”

Holmer Scout Group currently has spaces in the Beaver Scout section (6-8 years). Parents can also put names down for Cubs or Scouts (8-10.5 and 10.5 – 14) and we’ll contact them once covid restrictions on our numbers allow.  We’re also seeking more adult volunteers to help us run our programme.  We can be contacted through our