Blog | Building community partnerships
Scouting not only makes a difference to the lives of young people, but it also can make a difference to local communities. We asked Leader Andrew Crumpton to tell us more about why building links with local schools benefit everyone involved.
What prompted you to reach out to your local school?
We reviewed which areas of north Glenrothes our young people where coming from and identified that very few were joining from Pitcoudie Primary School. We wanted to improve this, so we approached the school and found a number of projects we could help with, including the idea to develop an Eco School. We applied for £12,000 from Tesco Bags of Help to develop an Eco school and hope to start building the project soon. Through our involvement in the Eco School project, the school then asked us to participate in Outdoor Classroom Day, which is a global celebration of outdoor learning in schools.
Describe what you did for Outdoor Classroom Day?
We ran a range of outdoor activities, including fire lighting, tent pitching, putting up hammocks and shelter building, for 240 pupils at Pitcoudie Primary School. We also spent time talking to the young people about our Eco School project.
In what other ways have you worked with the school?
The Group has also been working on the Bikeability cycling scheme with Fife Council. As part of this, we provided 1,000 Scout-branded cycle maps to local primary schools in our Group’s catchment area to promote sustainable transport during National Cycle Week.
Why is it important to build links with local schools?
Scouting can complement and support many parts of the Curriculum For Excellence, making partnership working with schools and teachers a natural fit.
Our work with local schools has also raised local awareness of our group of scouting more generally. Our membership has increased by 33% per year over the last two years since the group has proactively engaged with local schools.
Finally, this work allows our Group’s young people to engage with the wider community and has encouraged membership of the community council and the development of a number of scout-led community projects organised by our young people.
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