• A million hands
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    Why Wrexham Scouts say a million hands make light work

    Young people from across Wrexham have signed up to make a difference with a new campaign from the Scouts to give them the opportunity to help others.

    New figures released today have revealed that the UK may be losing out on over 15.4 million hours of youth volunteering time each month. 

    The poll, commissioned by The Scout Association and conducted by ComRes, discovered that 82% of young people in the UK believe it is important for today’s youth to tackle social issues. However only 36% of one thousand 12-24 year olds spoken to believe that they have the opportunity to do so, with one third (37%) participating in social action once every week.

    Scouts in Wrexham hope to help buck this trend by forging partnerships with charities concerned with disability, mental health, dementia, and access to clean water. One group of teenagers, K2 Explorer Scouts, looked at each of the issues and decided to work with Mind to support those with mental health issues.
    One of the Scouts, Harry Morgan, 17 from Cross Lanes, said, “Mental health has become an ever more prevalent issue that we have only really come to grips with over the past decade. Being able to provide support to those who need it most will give us a feeling of satisfaction, knowing that those who are coping with their day to day struggles are being given the attention and care that they deserve.”

    Sue Lister from Wrexham Scouts said, “In Scouting, we believe in changing lives, which is why we encourage young people to get involved in volunteering early on. Almost three quarters of Scouts volunteer in their local communities every week.”

    “Scouts have always helped other people. In the past this has manifested itself in many ways, from litter picking to washing cars. However we want to move from being merely ‘useful’ to having a life-changing impact. That’s why The Scout Association has launched A Million Hands, a new campaign to mobilise half a million Scouts to help inspire more youth volunteering and social action across the UK.”

    Bear Grylls, UK Chief Scout, who is launching the campaign, said: “The Scout Association is pledging one million hands, to support four of the biggest social issues currently facing the UK and the wider world. But we can’t do it on our own. We want all young people to come and give Scouting a try and to get involved. This is how we can all play a vital role in shaping tomorrow’s world for the better.”

    Find out more about the Scouts at www.scouts.org.uk/get-involved
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    Notes to editors
    – for more information please contact David Morris on 07779 272340
    – please find attached a photo of three members of K2 Explorer Scout Unit: Tom Koscinska, Rebecca Jones and Matthew Jarmaine who are all lending a hand to support mental health charity Mind.
  • Cubs welcome Walking with the Wounded
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    Walking With The Wounded

    Wrexham Cub Scouts had some special visitors to their camp at Chirk Castle this weekend when six wounded veterans from the charity Walking With The Wounded dropped by.

    The six heroes are walking 1,000 miles to raise funds to retrain and re-skill our wounded and support them in finding new careers outside the Military.

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    Veteran Stewart Hill gave a brilliant chat to the Cubs about why the group are walking the length of Britain and how they had got injured. The Cubs were wide-eyed at the gruesome tales, especially when Scott Ransley took his false eye out to show them!

    To find out how to support them, visit their website.

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  • Hiroshima
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    Back from the World Scout Jamboree

    Twenty-seven Clwyd Scouts have returned from a huge camp in Japan attended by 35,000 Scouts from over 150 different countries. The World Scout Jamboree is held every four years and brings together young people to have fun, make lifelong friends and take part in tons of activities.

    The Scouts were part of the 3,500 strong UK Contingent, second in size only to the Japanese Contingent, and had to get through a gruelling selection process to represent their country where three people applied for every place. Once through they spent 18 months training and getting to know each other before their journey even started, and set about raising the £3,000 it cost to go.

    The Scouts started their adventure with three nights in Tokyo where they visited an earthquake simulation centre, went up a tower called the Sky Tree which is twice the height of the Shard in London, and enjoyed an evening of Japanese drumming. They then travelled at 200mph on a specially chartered bullet train to the Jamboree site in Yamaguchi where they spent 12 days.

    Bethan Morris, 16 from Llangollen, was one of the participants. She said, “The whole entire atmosphere was electric! It was amazing to be able to talk to anybody as you walked around the site. Everybody was so happy to be there and it really showed in the constant smiles and chatter.”

    During the Jamboree the Scouts took part in water activities, explored the surrounding natural landscape, visited local schools and took part in a World food festival. They also did activities in the Global Development Village and marked the 70th anniversary of the dropping of a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima with a visit to the city.

    Sam Wilde, 16 from Gresford said: “I loved the Global Development Village because it opened my eyes to the numbers of charities and initiatives that are doing great work around the world both globally and locally for all sorts of people.”

    Lewis Roberts, 17 from Wrexham said: “Visiting Hiroshima made it feel real and it was just shocking to see how much devastation could be caused. It’s just madness.”

    After the Jamboree the party travelled north to the district of Mie where they split into pairs each hosted by a Japanese family for two nights giving them the opportunity to find out how people in Japan live their lives.

    The next World Scout Jamboree is taking place in the USA in 2019.

    Unit Leader David Morris said that those who wanted to attend should not be put off by the cost: “The cost for Japan was £2,995 and to many people this seemed an unreachable target, but many of our members managed to fundraise not only the full Jamboree fee, but all the extras that went on top too.”

    “In total we raised £75,000 as a Unit of 40 people which was incredible, but is easily possible to do again. We’d like to thank all those who helped us raise this target and take so many young people to Japan.”

    You can relive the Jamboree experience by watching their daily vlogs below…

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    Penyffordd Scouts 50th Birthday Fun Day

    Penyffordd Scouts recently held a family fun day to celebrate 50 years of Scouts in Penyffordd Village.

    The day, which was attended by over 200 current and past members of the Scout Group, as well as members of the Penyffordd community was a huge success and a brilliant way to celebrate 50 years of exciting adventure. Activities available on the day ranged from Bouncy castles, Archery and Abseiling to more traditional Scout activities such as cooking on an open fire.

    Assistant Scout leader Graham Cooper, who helped organise the day said ‘We decided about a year ago that we needed to do something big to celebrate 50 years of Penyffordd Scouts, so all of the leaders got together and started to plan the day. So many local people and companies played a big part in the day, many of whom very kindly donated their time for free to help us have a fantastic day. As a group we do so many amazing things throughout the year and we wanted to give a people a little taste of this on the day, we had children on the day coming up and asking if they could join the group because they’d had such a great day which is fantastic, the day wasn’t just about looking at the past 50 years, but about looking to the future of the group.”

     

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    Trooping the Colour – London!

    Three Skips, One ASL, One Young Leader and a gaggle of Scouts go to London!

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    Our Clwyd Contingent set off at 5am on Saturday and headed off down South.  Dez SL of 1st Rhuddlan Scouts, was joined by Graham SL and a young leader of 1st Halkyn Mountain Scouts, Simon SL and Matthew ASL of 3rd Prestatyn Scouts, and scouts from 1st Halkyn Mountain, 3rd Prestatyn and 1st Carmel.

    We had front row standing room at Horse Guards and eagerly anticipated the arrival of the guard regiments and their bands. They arrived with pipes and drums playing and we were treated to a truly British spectacle, and when Prince Charles heard we were there, he decided to come down to see us too!

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    After Horse Guards we went to see Aunty Lizzies house…but she was out, so we decided to go and see Dave….but he was out too! We concluded that the only option was to go on a hike.  On our travels we saw the houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster, and the London Eye before taking a breather in Waterloo Station.

    Fed and watered, we carried on to the the Imperial War Museum, London Bridge and the Tower of London.  Due to the Tower Gardens tube station being closed, we had to execute a daring race to Euston station, jumping on the train with less than two minutes to spare.  We were tired, our feet were sore and more importantly we were out of sweets; but we’d had a fantastic time!

    Huge thanks to Des for organising the trip.

    Written by Simon Williams, SL, 3rd Prestatyn.

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