Lockdown has been rough on Young People...
...but during the first Lockdown, something amazing happened in our Scout Troop: through our weekly Zoom meetings (what else?!) we made a link with a Scout Troop just outside of Toronto, Canada. It was the beginning of an Adventure...
From a huge sense of isolation, we found a way to make friends across the world and begin to see something positive to come out of the restrictions which took away many things that make us Scouts.
We've exchanged badges, had virtual meetings and have made friends. We have begun to find out how Scouting in Canada is similar to the UK and how it's different. We've begun to find out about how being a young person in Canada is similar to the UK and how it's different.
The Adventure Continues...
Now, we'd like our Scouts to have the opportunity to travel half way around the world to visit the troop face to face, not on a Zoom screen.
The cost is huge (we want to leave no-one behind!) but we won't be deterred by that.
We're already busy with plans to fundraise, and the Scouts themselves are at the heart of those plans. On this page, you can read about fundraising events you can get involved in directly, or of course, you can just donate to this great adventure. Your support is appreciated either way.
By supporting us, you really could be helping to create memories for a lifetime!
What are our plans?
In October half term, 2022, we are aiming to fly all members of our Troop plus their Leaders over to Milton, Ontario. There, we will be staying on a Scouts Canada Reserve called Blue Springs, and getting to know the local Troop.
Being so close to amazing destinations like the Bruce Trail, the city of Toronto and of course Niagara Falls, there will certainly be lots to see and do.
But most of all, we want to get to know our fellow Scouts and understand what it's like to grow up in another country: we want to broaden our horizons.
What are the costs?
We think costs for each Scout taking part in this adventure will be around £900. That includes plane fare, transfers to and from airports, accommodation costs, self catering food and some excursions.
We have over 30 Scouts.
That's around £27,000
We are determined that the Scouts themselves will raise as much money towards their own costs as they can: that's a core principle of Scouting after all. But we are also realistic that at the present time it's very hard to run regular fundraising activities which will bring in those sorts of sums. We also know that many of our parents have suffered through the Pandemic and can't afford to pay for their child outright.
Any contribution you can give will go towards making this adventure a reality. Thank you.