Cub Scouts from the Ribble Valley slept in a “Cardboard City” to help raise funds, awareness and understanding about homelessness.
Whalley Cubs decided to investigate homelessness by taking part in a “Cardboard City Sleepover” at Whalley Village Hall after being challenged to “Get Thinking” as part of their celebrations of 100 years of Cub Scouting.
As well as raising awareness and understanding, the Cub Scouts also raised more than £100 to help people who have been made homeless.
The Cubs had a great time engineering their “homes” for the night, using a huge pile of cardboard boxes which were donated by Ewood Bikes. They made soup from fresh vegetables in a “soup kitchen”, having worked out how much they could afford to “spend”, while saving some tokens for breakfast.
Extra tokens could be earned by learning about the meaning and consequences of homelessness.
Before going home, Cubs voted to send the surplus money from this event to a charity that would help homeless refugee families with children.
Cub James said: “We are children and we know how it feels being homeless because we spent a night camping in a cardboard city. We know they have been in the news recently and we have seen the pictures.”
“We can tell people we know about what we’ve learned. We will tell friends, teachers and family,” added Theo and Ben.
Leaders were very impressed with the maturity and compassion shown by all the young people, especially their understanding that people who are homeless are ordinary people.
The best match the leaders have found for the Cubs’ choice of charity is UNICEF, because its work is specifically aimed at children in emergency situations.
The Cub Scouts’ “Cardboard City”. (s)