Scouts from the City of Chester joined 150 young people in Scouting and volunteer Scout leaders from across the UK this week to meet with MPs at the prestigious annual Speaker’s reception at the House of Commons.
The event, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Scout Group and the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, is a unique opportunity for young people in Scouting to experience meeting their own and other MPs in the House of Commons to talk about the challenges facing Scouting, such as the lack of adult volunteers.
3 Explorer Scouts from Chester, Will Barlow, Mathew Ebo and Austin Turner attended the Speaker’s reception and were invested into Explorer Scouts inside the Palace of Westminster. They were joined by adult volunteers Chris Arner and Simon Ashton.
14 year old Matthew Ebo, from Wolf Explorer Scouts in Upton, said:
“Being here today has given me such a fantastic opportunity to talk to so many different people who really make a difference to the Scouting movement. It was also a real honour for Austin, Will and I to be invested into Explorer Scouts in the Palace of Westminster.”
Stephen Mosley MP said:
“I was delighted to meet some of the Scouts from Chester and was pleased that they were given the opportunity to attend such a special event.
“I also enjoyed meeting Scouts from other parts of the UK to learn about what they do every week with support from committed adult volunteers. It is clear that Scouting continues to be relevant and dynamic, providing young people the chance to try out new adventures, from hiking to snowboarding, to working within their local communities.
“I learned a lot about the challenges faced by the movement such as the lack of adult volunteers and I will continue to support the Scouts in Chester through raising awareness of this issue in parliament.”