Getting creative with recycled materials at Scrapheap Challenge

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Creative skills were put to the test among young people from across Hampshire last month as they competed in their virtual Scrapheap Challenge.

The Cub Scouts competition for eight to 10-year-olds saw the youngster build a model from scrap materials around their home.

With one week to build their models on a funfair theme, 10 districts from Hampshire took part.

Thelma Young, an adult volunteer with the Cub Scouts and an organiser of the event, says the competition was good fun and exactly what everyone needed.

She said: “ The cubs really seemed to have enjoyed making their models and were very creative. It was lovely to see the Cub Scouts engaging with the day and all spoke with confidence to adult volunteers they don't know. 

“Seeing the young people enjoying themselves during these troubled times makes all the effort the adults put into Scout activities worthwhile.”

In usual circumstances, six Cub Scouts from each District would meet at a Scout Activity Centre to be to be provided with the materials and told what theme their models should be.

Teams are then scored on teamwork, communication and creative skills with the winner announced at the end of the day.

But due to the suspension of face-to-face activities, the event went online but that didn’t dampen the spirits of everyone involved.

Thelma continued: “We were delighted to have Peter Marcus, our County Youth Commissioner, come and judge the models.

“Simon, our new lead volunteer for the Cubs Section in Hampshire shared some words on the importance of recycling too.”

Congratulations to Odiham District who were the winners of the bi-annual event which will return in November 2022.

For more information about how to volunteer with the Scouts, click here.

Words by Sam Poole, pictures by Thelma Young.

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