Cub Scouts from 1st Bodicote have been working towards their ‘Our World’ challenge badge by learning more about the Banbury Young Homelessness Project (BYHP).
Boys and girls aged between eight to ten discussed what it might be like not to have a permanent home, job or have enough food and then spent part of an evening last month outside their headquarters with just a cardboard box to lie on.
The children then spent some time collecting non-perishable items from friends, relatives and neighbours that BYHP could use, and more than 12 boxes of items ranging from long-life milk to pasta sauce and coffee were collected by Tim Tarby-Donald, BYHPS’s head of business.
Helen Barnby-Porritt, adult volunteer, said: “As a volunteer, it gives you a great sense of achievement when you see a young person master something new that you have taught them, especially when it is something they wouldn’t get a chance to do outside Scouting. Their reaction is priceless.”
Nigel Taylor from the Scout Association, added: “Scouting provides great opportunities for young people to try out more than 200 activities, e.g. climbing or kayaking for the first time, help people in their community, have fun and make new friends.
Visit scouts.org.uk for more details about scouting.