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Lewisham Scouts get their hands dirty during Scout Community Week

18 September 2019

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Green fingered Cubs and Scouts from the 12th Lewisham South (1st Downham) Scout Group got their hands dirty in a church garden with Lewisham East MP Heidi Alexander on Friday to celebrate Scout Community Week.

The group planted and weeded the St Barnabus Church garden with help from their leaders and a team of experts from B&Q Sydenham, who also kindly donated bedding plants and all the equipment needed.

The national initiative led by The Scout Association, which has returned for its third consecutive year, aims for Scouts across the country to be encouraged to volunteer their time to do one thing that will make an impact on their community.

Lewisham East MP, Heidi Alexander said: “It’s really important that from a young age Scouts are making a positive contribution to their local community. The Scouts clearly have a lot of fun but it also results in some fantastic work being done locally and some very noticeable improvements to the local environment. It’s just great to see scouting at the heart of our community in Lewisham.”

It’s not just the 12th Lewisham South in Downham that have been busy, Scouts across Lewisham have been hard at work helping out and volunteering too. The 2nd Deptford have helped clear and tidy the garden at Grinling Gibbons Primary School, as well as participating in a number of school assemblies.

District Commissioner for Lewisham Scouts, Tom Nixon said: “Scouts have been at the very forefront of building better and stronger communities for over 100 years. It’s not just bob a job week anymore, it’s about actively engaging in positive social action in local communities to enable a more cohesive society.
Young people achieve so much from Scout Community Week; they learn and share new skills with people living on their doorstep and develop a natural role in improving the areas in which they live.”

All Scouts that take part in Scout Community Week will receive a Community Week 2014 uniform badge in recognition of their hard work and commitment to Scouting and their local communities.