Get into the Scout Community Week spirit

scout group made bird boxes at B&Q, Swindon

After 2012’s success, Scout Community Week 2013 is gearing up to be even bigger and better – here are eight ideas from this year’s helpers to inspire you for next year’s event


From painting a primary school to transforming the local park, we’re asking Groups to sign up to ‘do1thing’ for their community. We want the second Scout Community Week to make even more of an impact than last year’s. Running from 3 to 9 June, it’s a fantastic opportunity to help your local area, raise money and spread the word about Scouting.

By joining in you’ll not only raise crucial funds for your Group, but also support a grant scheme, which helps fellow Scouts in financial need. Our partner, B&Q is also ready and waiting to help out with your projects so sound out your local store about fundraising opportunities. Why not get your Cubs, Scouts or Beavers packing bags and pushing trolleys for customers? Through its waste donation scheme you may be able to get materials such as timber and paint free of charge. To find out more and to locate your local B&Q visit

If you’re in need of inspiration, take a look through the eight accounts we’ve collated from Groups around the country about last year’s Scout Community Week and see how they worked with B&Q. Check out for more information about how to get involved.


1 ‘We had support from local businesses’

‘We created a beautiful and peaceful garden for elderly residents at a local care home. The Beavers and their families put lots of hard work into the project. We also had support from local businesses including garden centres and farm shops. B&Q was very generous and donated paint, plants and pots for the project. The Mayor formally opened the garden and presented us with an award. We were featured on the BBC and the garden was used as a backdrop to TV weather reports! The funds we raised helped us to start a new Scout Group in the area.’

Terry Davies, 1st Sissinghurst


2 ‘The Beavers and Cubs took part in a litter pick’

‘The Beavers and Cubs took part in a litter pick at a local nature reserve. Even though it was raining it didn’t dampen their spirits. We used the funds raised to go towards new drinks dispensers for camps, and craft materials, as well as a trip to the local bowling alley as a treat. We can’t wait to do something again – we hope to raise even more funds.’

Donna Foster, Cub Leader, 51st Smallthorne


3 ‘We sold bird boxes at our local market’

‘It was great fun running our project, which involved making bird boxes. We sold them at our local market and installed some in the gardens of a local hospice. At the market we also asked passers-by to draw or write on a mural and asked for donations. It raised the profile of Scouting in our area and we recruited quite a few new young people.’

Dawn Williams, Chilvers Coton


4 ‘The local school really appreciated our help’

‘When people in the community see Scouts doing things like this, it shows them that not all kids hang around the streets looking to cause trouble. We cleared up weeds and rubbish at a local primary school and in order to help the Scouts gain their DIY badges, we also offered to paint one of their storage rooms. The school really appreciated our help and said we’d done a fantastic job. The money raised from sponsorship went towards our camp.’

Cathy Kennell, 33rd/65th Leicester


5 ‘Our project involved all sections of our Group’

‘Our project involved all sections of our Scout Group: Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, as well as parents, took part in a litter pick at our local beach. It was amazing how much litter we collected. Afterwards we had a sausage sizzle for all our hungry helpers. Our local council kindly supplied litter pickers, protective gloves and bags for us, which was a great help.’
Deb Renals, 1st Locks Heath


6 ‘The store gave us a £20 gift card as a prize’

‘We held a bag-packing session at B&Q; the Scouts helped customers carry goods to their cars and returned the trolleys. The store gave us a £20 gift card as a prize for a ‘find the secret location’ map game that we ran for customers. We set up the map game at the store’s entrance, and it proved very popular. The money we raised went towards the cost of camp.’

Paul Emmett, 1st Upton St Leonards


7 ‘Our Beavers made hanging baskets’

‘With help from our local B&Q, our Beavers made up 12 hanging baskets and we donated them to various places in the town. The Cubs did litter picking and I didn’t realise that they would get so excited about it! The Scouts and Explorers went out with the local police and learned how to use a speed camera to check the traffic. They also helped to clean a war memorial in preparation for the Jubilee celebrations.’

Helen Turner, 1st Honiton


8 ‘We provided services to busy students’

‘We provided services to students at Edge Hill University who were busy studying for exams. We asked students living on campus to tweet us their address and we did their shopping or laundry for them. We also asked people to tweet us if they wanted us to find them a book in the library.’

John Taylor, Ormskirk Scout Network



Get ready with B&Q kids classes 

Make the most of this great service from our partner

• Make contact with your local store

• Learn to prep and paint a wall

• Find your in-store rep for help and advice on your project

• Check out our YouTube channel how-to guides for help and inspiration. Watch videos at

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