2nd August 2013
This summer thousands of children and teenagers across the UK will be taking part in summer camps. Young people from the Youth United organisations which include Scouts, Girl guides, St John Ambulance, Fire and Police Cadets and Army and Air Cadets, will be learning to make a camp, sail a boat, map reading to trips abroad. Fire Cadets from Manchester recently went to France to take part in an international fire drill competition competing with other cadets from across the world and Police Cadets and Scouts are off to Georgia to help build a new activity centre.
One thing for sure is that the young members of the Youth United organisations will be enjoying a fun packed and adrenalin fuelled summer. Our young members have spent the past year working hard and making significant contributions to their local communities: from community clear-ups to delivering food parcels to the elderly and infirm over during Christmas to using their first aid skills to protect car accident victims from further injury.
Every single Youth United local group has a story of how their young members are making a difference in their local community – from picking up litter, raising money for charity, rescuing stray animals, prevent bullying in schools to tea dances with the elderly.
So it is surprising to hear that only 29% of young people in the UK currently engage in youth social action compared to over 58% in Canada.
At Youth United we were delighted in June when the HRH Prince of Wales and the Cabinet Office launched the Campaign for Social Action. This important campaign aims to get an additional 1.7 million young people engaged in social action for the first time for their lives.
The Youth United organisations have a long history of encouraging, recognising and valuing the contribution young people make. We are delighted that through this new and important campaign many other young people will be able to join in.
Find out how a Fire Cadet used his first aid skills to prevent further injury to a car accident victim
Follow on twitter the Scouts Development Worker who is currently on summer camp
Live in Hackney? We have teamed up with the local youth services to help you find new local Youth United groups in Hackney.