Scouting is 110 years old this year and Central Yorkshire Scouts have decided we need to celebrate. We are providing more and more fun, challenge and adventure and have so many exciting initiatives to give all young people the opportunity to benefit from Scouting. Our Scout County also includes a city that is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its Child Friendly initiative aimed at making Leeds the best city in the UK for children and young people to grow up in.

So let’s celebrate great things happening for young people!

As part of this celebration, we are challenging you, the members of Central Yorkshire Scout County, to gain your community impact stage 1 award and earn a special occasional badge at the same time, whilst supporting us to ensure that all young people can enjoy the fun, challenge and adventure of Scouting.

Did you know that we run a combined Scout and Guide Group for patients and their siblings within Leeds Children’s Hospital? Young people can end up in hospital for a whole manner of reasons, but for some, including those suffering from childhood cancer, long stays in hospital are a regular occurrence. It is these young people that Candlelighters, the Lord Mayor’s charity of the year, do such a fantastic job in supporting. To find out more about Candlelighters, and the Leeds Children’s Hospital Scout and Guide Group, visit their websites at candlelighters.org.uk and leedshospitalguides.com. Both of these groups support young people and their siblings who, due to illness, cannot enjoy the fun, challenge and adventure of Scouting. You can also find out more about the organisations we are supporting, and the background to the challenge in the video below.

To earn the Youth Commissioners’ Challenge you must complete stage one (or higher) of the Community Impact staged activity badge (you can find the requirements here) and in doing so, do something special for Candlelighters or the Hospital Scout and Guide Group. The challenge is open to individuals as well as via your section.

So what could you do?

·       Provide support at an event raising funds for one of the groups.

·       Help provide an exciting, adventurous or challenging opportunity for members of either group. 

·       Do something special to raise some funds for either group

·       Help one of the organisations by supplying items on their wish lists. The Leeds Children's Hospital Group have a wish list available here. Candlelighters also have a wish list available here

·       Or any other great idea you may have.

If you'd like to take part in this challenge, please contact Cathryn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with a brief description of what you would like to do to complete the challenge, and which of the two organisations you would like to support. Cathryn will put you in contact with a representative at your chosen organisation who will be able to provide resources and support. Please ensure you speak to your chosen organisation via Cathryn before undertaking your challenge, to ensure that what you have planned works for the organisation in question.

The badge can be completed as an individual or as part of your section. When you have completed the Challenge requirements, simply let Cathryn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know what you have done and you will be awarded your Youth Commissioners’ Challenge badge. The badge can be worn on your uniform until September 2018.

Together, as Scouts, we can make a real difference. Take on the Youth Commissioners’ Challenge and find out what you can do!