One good turn deserves another

Saturday August 03, 2019 Written by Published in Education
Scouts Patrick Moetaua and Giovanni Samuel setting up their tent at the 2016 New Zealand Scout Jamboree 19080211 Scouts Patrick Moetaua and Giovanni Samuel setting up their tent at the 2016 New Zealand Scout Jamboree 19080211

The St Joseph’s boy scouts are taking community work to the next level.

 

Leader of the scouts since 2008, Benjamin Maxwell says helping the people in the community is very important to them.

They often help the elderly cut their hedges and mow their lawns for free once a month which is part of their Good turn programme.

They have mainly been helping the villages of Avarua, Arorangi and Matavera but are hoping to branch out to other villages of the island.

The St Joseph’s boy scouts have been operating for over eighty years and there are around 63 scouts from as young as five years old.

They are now fundraising and seeking donations for a trip to the New Zealand Scout Jamboree which happens every three years.

The last Scout Jamboree that some of the scouts attended was in 2016 which Maxwell says was a life-changing experience.

Maxwell says the Jamboree is a large gathering of scouts from New Zealand and other countries making up almost 20,000 scouts who attend.

The Jamboree will be held in Hamilton in late December this year for ten days.

Maxwell says providing services to the community is just one thing the scouts do.

He says they also do all sorts of activities like hiking, camping once a month and crafting.

“We also do character building which is about building confidence,” says Maxwell.

Maxwell says some boys are shy to participate but they make everyone feel welcome.

He says they have to raise a total of 32,000 dollars to attend the New Zealand Scout Jamboree and this year, 21 scouts are going.

They have been fundraising all year organising working bees, selling food and hosting movie fundraisers.

·         Contact Maxwell on 71704 if you need help tidying up your yard.

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