Not just a club, a worldwide movement: Inside the life of a Hainault scout
PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 August 2017
For many youngsters, the scouts is the first place they will truly feel part of a team or community.
The UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation, the scouts offer children across the UK the chance to take on adventures and challenges that help them grow into a well-rounded adult.
Jared Keizner, Wawbeck young leader at the 1st Hainault Scout group, has been a scout for the last four years, and says the group helped him settle as a young man.
He said: “When I was 11 I lacked confidence, self-esteem and was struggling at school with bullying. I was at my limit and nobody knew what to do to help me.
“With an extremely High level of anxiety, zero confidence and no belief in myself I was dragged down to visit 1st Hainault Scout group.
“I can honestly say this is the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Although it wasn’t always easy, the 15-year-old
“Over the next few years with a lot of tears, meltdowns and struggles, the leaders of 1st Hainault made me part of their scouting family,” he told the Recorder.
“Teaching and guiding me how to deal with life and the day to day challenges that I was facing.
“The scouts have helped me to develop, build confidence, self-esteem and improve myself in ways that I didn’t know were possible.”
The scouts have existed since 1908, when Robert Baden-Powell published his six part manual Scouting for Boys.
In its first census in 1910, scouting had almost 108,000 participants; over 100,000 of whom were young people.#
Cubs came along for younger Scouts in 1916, followed four years later by rover scouts for an older age range.
The entire programme is aimed at building and developing young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative.
Jared added: “Whilst being an air scout and young leader I have had so many fantastic adventures: Gliding in a motor glider, learning how to setup and instruct a climbing and abseil tower, Scuba Diving and camping are just a few of the exhilarating things that I have achieved.
“Scouting is not just a club, it is a worldwide movement and one that I can hold my head high and say that I am proud to be part of.”
The Hainault scouts are currently fundraising £20,000 to purchase a new minibus for the group by hosting numerous events such as bingo nights and quiz nights.
They are also regular bag packers at Barkingside Tesco, where they can be spotted every few weeks helping residents carry their shopping to and from their cars.
In two bag packing sessions in March and April, the group raised an astonishing £2925.21, with the work also going towards the youngsters’ fundraising and community impact badges.
That money will all go towards the bus, which will benefit the 120-plus Hainault scouts, as well as being available to use by more than 1,000 youngsters who are members of other groups in the district.
Donations can also be made online at www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/1sthainultminibus.
In an independent survey of more than 2,000 parents of scouts, nine out of ten parents said sending their children had been worthwhile and that their children found the experience enjoyable.
A Scouts spokesman said: “Parents tell us scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility and a broader set of friends.
“Scouting can help develop your child’s social skills and encourage self-sufficiency, and gives them access to activities and opportunities that may have been otherwise unavailable to them.
“A huge number of parents agreed that since their child joined Scouting family life was easier and they were ‘nicer children to live with’.”
The 1st Hainault Scouts group meet during evenings at The Stockade, Davids Way, Ilford IG6 3BQ.
For further information or to enquire about joining 1st Hainault Scout group please email GSL.1stHainaultScouts@outlook.com or call 0208 500 9992.