Scouts have been doing their bit for the community

TIDY First Locks Heath Beavers, Scouts and Cubs on their litter pick in Warsash
TIDY First Locks Heath Beavers, Scouts and Cubs on their litter pick in Warsash

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FIRST Locks Heath Scout group recently took part in a day-long beach clean along the Warsash shoreline.

Since the inception of Scouting in 1906 by Lord Baden Powell, Scouts have always striven to be seen in the community doing their bit. As part of our Scout law ‘a Scout thinks of others before themselves’.

This work in the community has taken many forms. Many people fondly remember ‘bob a job’ week, where you could get a Scout to cut your grass, wash the car, or walk your dog several miles for a shilling.

This then became job week in the late 70s and died out in the 1980s when parents were less willing to allow their children out knocking on doors. Scouting in 2013 has changed little in regard to our desire to do our bit, and to this end 1st Locks Heath Scout Group, all sections of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts plus their leaders and parent helpers recently spent a Saturday collecting all the rubbish off the beach along the shore line at Warsash.

We started at the end of Cowes Lane and finished at Strawberry fields and between us filled 12 bags with litter.

The Scouts, Cubs and Beavers had all been collecting sponsors to be paid by bags filled, and along with a bucket collection at the Parkgate B&Q, we raised an amazing £584.78.

Some of this money will be paid to the national Scout headquarters which helps develop local Scouting. It was in fact a grant from this that enabled us to build our present Scout Hut on Warsash road in 1996.

If you are interested in getting involved with Scouting, contact our group leader Keith Jefferies at gsl@1stlocksheathscouts.org.uk