Books for badges

Books for badges

We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give

Winston Churchill
Cookbooks on an apple crate

I like the scouts, cubs and beavers. I’ve been involved with them for a while now. Whether it’s helping out, doing a bit of catering or putting on a course I’ve always come away feeling I’ve learned something from them, mostly how to MacGyver useful things out of sticks, treesap and string but also something deeper.

The kids come in all shapes and sizes from all walks of life but the unifying feature is their boundless curiosity and easy respect, which are partly their parents but partly the environment that allows them to grow, to put themselves out there one step at a time, take little risks and achieve milestones, whether that’s not breaking the egg on the parachute or survivng their first big campout and getting a badge to fill up their sash and be that little more confident in the next thing they do.

And that feeling, that safe place to allow them to try and maybe fail and try again with a little more help and guidance until they achieve is provided by volunteers. It happens week in week out at village halls and scout groups across the country. The kids pay subs but those volunteers still need to raise money for the equipment, the trips… they even have to buy the badges which they give to the kids to mark their achievements.

So we’re helping them out. We have a bookshelf full of cookbooks and are asking for two things: have a cookbook you don’t use anymore? Bring it in and pop it on the shelf. Then have a look and see if there’s anything you’d like to take home. If there is pop a coin or two into the collection pot, and tell your friends to come in and do the same.

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer

Mahatma Ghandi

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