Since 1907, when Lord Robert Baden-Powell started writing a series of booklets called “Scouting for Boys” and held a camp on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Scouting has grown to include around 50 million people in 216 countries. This year meetings have mainly been on Zoom but, with just under 2000 young people and adults in Luton, we are set to bounce back across the town.
Before the November lock down, Scouts of all ages, along with their leaders, were meeting outside in accordance with Scout Association and the National Youth Organization (NYC) guidance, which allowed up to 15 young people to work with 5 adults.
Since 2nd December, leaders have been working, both nationally and locally, with the goal of moving towards normal Scouting at the earliest possibility.
Scouting in Luton is strong and waiting lists remain, so we are looking for more adults to support our young people. At the same time, we are encouraging young people to join an amazing organisation where they can learn by doing, enjoy new and challenging activities, and have fun (to quote one Luton beaver Scout “I visited the Zoo and looked at fishes”) Finally, and perhaps most important, is the opportunity to make friends and feel a part of a group that cares about each other and their community.
Luton Scouts have made joining easy for young people aged 6 to 18 as well as adult volunteers via www.lutonscouts.org.uk/join
If your child is under 6, still make contact, we can put you in contact with one of the groups who are no more than a mile from your doorstep.
A spokesman for Luton said “we have kept Scouting alive across Luton via zoom and competitions on our Luton Scout Facebook page. We feel positive about the future, and our leaders are making plans to meet in accordance with Scout HQ and NYC. Growing our young people’s welfare and learning is seen as a priority and this is recognised by the authorities”.
Whether you are 6 or 60 (or older), Scouting in Luton has something to offer you and you can discover more by looking at our Luton Scouts Website.