29 Explorer Scouts and Network members travelled to Kenya with 8 adult leaders this summer, to volunteer in three charity funded schools in Nakuru, which is in the Great Rift Valley. They had an exceptional and life changing experience. The Scouts worked with children from the slum areas, whose families cannot afford the uniform and basic requirements to send them to a government school.
As well as delivering classroom activities, outdoor games and sports, a huge amount of construction and maintenance work was achieved. This included moving huge amounts of rocks and wood piles, creating flower beds and vegetable patches, painting walls, designing educational posters and building fences. Pioneering skills were vital for making a climbing frame, swing and basketball hoop.
Favourite skills and equipment, such as paracord crafts, were shared with the Melon Mission school Scout group. The Kenyan Scouts repaid the favour by teaching our Scouts how to march and perform drills properly! The charity we worked with were “blown away with the Scouts’ resilience, skills, hard work and their desire to make a real difference to all the children they met.”