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Duchess of Cambridge celebrates 100 years of British Scouting Association

While she and her husband, the Duke of Cambridge lived in Anglesey, the Duchess of Cambridge volunteered with a local Pack. Today, she helped 24 scouts celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Scouting Cubs Association in North Wooton near King’s Lynn. She started the evening’s activities off by leading the Scouts in some popular parachute games. These games help build team work.

Hazel Coley showed the Duchess around. She later told the Daily Express: “Meeting the Duchess has been the best birthday present this Cub Scout Pack could have possibly imagined. It’s an evening that they will never forget, and the most exciting thing that has happened to me in all my time as a volunteer. The Duchess helped our Cub Scouts learn valuable skills for life and in reality that’s what Scouting is all about, adults and young people alike having fun, enjoying new adventures and learning new skills.

“As a volunteer, you get to see first-hand how the Scouts can change the lives of young people in your community. That’s why I would recommend volunteering with the Scouts to anyone.”

The Duchess seemed to really enjoy her time with the 24 scouts. She helped the children aged 8 to 10 decorate cupcakes and showed them how to make a sling for a broken arm by using a scarf. She also participated in a confidence-building activity where she and the children wrote what they were good at. She wrote “bond fire building.”

Another activity the Duchess and the Scouts carried out was creating a wall of positivity. This wall is to show the importance of respecting those around you and yourself. The Duchess also helped cut a special cake made for this event.

One significant part of the evening was when The Duchess and Scouts around the UK would renew their Cub Scout Promise. Nearly 160,000 Scouting Cubs throughout the United Kingdom will recite this renewal promise this week.

Before the night’s activities ended, she was presented with flowers and presents for Prince George and Princess Charlette. They received a beaver bear and Cub Scout bear.

Alex Peace-Gadsby, the Scout Association’s Chief Commissioner for England and a Scout leader herself told the Daily Express: “We’re thrilled that the Duchess has been able to join us as we celebrate the Cubs’ 100th birthday. We have hundreds of events planned across the United Kingdom, with a chance for each and every one of our 150,000 Cubs to take part.

“We passionately believe that Cub Scouts gives young people the skills they need to succeed in life, helping them develop resilience, self-reliance, confidence and initiative. In fact, recent research has showed that the mental health benefits of participation in Scouting activities in childhood last well into later life.

“Our challenge as we head into the next 100 years is to ensure that as many young people can take part as possible. Scouting has seen 11 straight years of growth and the only way we can keep pace with demand is to recruit more adult volunteers.

“That’s why I’m encouraging adults from all sections of the community to help ensure that the next generation of young people can be Cub Scouts. Not only is volunteering highly rewarding, our adults also learn valuable practical and employability skills themselves.”

By the end of its first year, over 1,000 Cub packs had been formed, comprising of approximately 30,000 members. Today, that number has risen to 150,000 members, with 1 quarter of them being female. Members could first earn a mere 12 badges; among them were woodworker, first aider, and swimmer. The 62 badges they can earn today include Digital Citizen, Community Impact and Global Issues.

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