As the UK moved into lockdown, Scout Leaders all over Norfolk started to look for new and original ideas to keep our young people scouting, alongside supporting fellow leaders in the area.
In North East Norfolk District, a quick call from the District Commissioner to the District Youth Commissioner resulted in the launch of the ‘North East Norfolk Isolation Challenge’. This was a lot of work for leader Ed Cubitt, but for the last nine weeks his programme ideas have been keeping Scouts busy.
With friendship having no boundaries, a leader in North East Norfolk shared the resource with a fellow scouter in Illinois, America who is a Scout Leader with the ‘Libertyville Scout Troop 72’. He was really impressed, took the idea and, in his own words, plagiarised it and sent it out as a one off event for local Scouts to take part in. Over 750 Cubs and Scouts have now completed the challenge and they have come from not just his scout council, but from all over the USA including North Dakota, California, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Texas, Nevada, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Missouri, as well as all over Illinois!
As a small thank you, a badge from the event is travelling from Illinois to the UK for Ed to wear with pride!
A reminder of the wider Scouting family we are all part of!