The Duchess of Cambridge was on hand on Tuesday 16th December to help the 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony earn a new badge. The Duchess attended the meeting Old Ford Primary School in Bow in the East End of London and was on hand to help the Beavers, aged between five and eight, learn about life with disabilities.
The Duchess of Cambridge already has experience of assisting with Scouts. When she and Prince William lived in Anglesey, Catherine worked as a volunteer for the Scout Association and at the event on Tuesday evening, The Duchess joined in a whole host of activities including icing a cake blindfolded, cutting up a chocolate bar wearing boxing gloves, learning the Scout promise in sign language and putting on a wet suit while blindfolded. All of these activities were designed to highlight to the children what life is like living with disabilities.
Catherine’s visit to Old Ford Primary School, as well as to have a little fun with the youngsters, was also to highlight a new campaign from the Scout Association, Better Prepared, which aims to bring scouting to 200 of the country’s most deprived areas. To achieve this feat, the movement will need to recruit 1000 more adult volunteers as well as 16,000 more across the country so it can give the 40,000 young people on its waiting list a place.
UK Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association Wayne Bulpitt commented on Catherine’s visit, “We’re delighted that The Duchess has been able to help us celebrate the launch of Better Prepared- a project designed to reach 200 of the most deprived areas in the country, so all young people can access life changing, everyday adventures. The Duchess has seen at first hand how Scouting helps young people develop, during her time as a volunteer in North Wales.”
Beaver Scout Leader in Bow and Poplar, Carlos Lopez- Plandolit, showed The Duchess of Cambridge around the centre when she visited. He spoke very positively of Kate’s visit, “Its the most exciting thing that has happened to me in five years. Scout groups like the one that The Duchess is visiting this evening give young people access to some fantastic opportunities that they might not have access to otherwise.”
Photo Credits: Martyn Milner/The Scout Association and Steve Judge