Scouts get stuck into Marshes Community Project

23 March 2017

A team of youngsters from 2nd Carlton Colville Scout Group recently spent their Saturday morning working on a local nature reserve – whilst also working to earn a badge for their efforts.

18 boys and girls together with a number of leaders and parent helpers took part in a sponsored project at Carlton Marshes, which as well as benefiting the users of the reserve, also helped to raised funds for the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

Steve Hart – one of the Scout section assistants – said “The scouts were working towards their Teamwork Challenge badge and their

Community Impact activity badge. As the Suffolk Wildlife Trust are trying to raise funds to buy the adjacent marshland we decided to turn our work-morning into a sponsored event and by doing so we hope to raise in excess of £100 for the trust”

The scouts’ efforts were guided by Suffolk Wildlife Trust staff led by Broads Warden Matt Gooch. He set the group the task of collecting, cutting up and burning branches from hedging – as well as clearing grass from the edges of access pathways for the disabled.

Mr. Hart added, “Everyone really enjoyed being out in the open air on the marshes and doing their bit to help the community. Learning to work well in a team is a useful life skill that Scouting can help young people to develop. Working together in this way is what scouting is all about, and it was made better knowing that we were doing it for the benefit of others.”