Scouts launch voluntary 'bob-a-job' week

 
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Scouts are to volunteer their services in a dedicated UK week of action for the first time almost 20 years after "bob-a-job week" ended.

The Scout Association is to launch Scout Community Week from 14-20 May next year, encouraging its members to do work to help their local community.

Members of the public will be able to contact their local Scouts to suggest community projects.

It is estimated that up to 400,000 young people will be involved.

The original series of scout volunteer weeks was known as "bob-a-job week", and saw members of the public asked to contribute a shilling - worth five pence - in exchange for scouts doing jobs.

Meanwhile, a new report says almost half of all Scouts are now volunteering in their wider community as well as with the Scout movement.

Community action

Adventurer Bear Grylls, the UK Chief Scout, said volunteering was "at the very heart of scouting".

He added: "All Scouts promise to help other people and there is no better way of showing this than getting involved in your community. I hope that as many Scout Groups as possible will get inspired in this celebration of their own community next May.

"This country is full of many people who give of their spare time to make a difference and I am proud to be amongst their numbers. Together we can influence positive change."

Matt Rooney, head of Nottinghamshire Scouts, told BBC Breakfast that the new week of action would be different from the previous one, in that scouts would no longer go door-to-door offering to do work in return for a small donation.

"It's not about rattling tins and brushing leaves off the neighbours driveway. It is about local communities working with the Scouts to decide on projects that they can do to make things better locally.

"So a really great opportunity to get scouting out in the community and try to re-focus some of the work that scouting does because, of course, we are a charity as well as a youth organisation."

 

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    Comment number 69.

    Bob a job week was and still is a very good idea. Young help the community, get out and see their community, good and not so good

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    Comment number 68.

    People need to read! - the BBC need to get facts right. This is nothing like bob-a-job. This is what Scouts do anyway, they've just named it a designated week to give it publicity. Scouts are ALWAYS helping out local projects, doing clean ups in local areas, helping out community groups etc. This is not about helping individuals - it's to help out at a local level, whilst raising funds

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    Comment number 67.

    To A McHarg: "There are many benefits for the boys" -- also for the girls. About 20% of scouts are girls now, and rising.

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    Comment number 66.

    65 comments in twelve Hours.
    My word, how important this subject must be the UK population.
    Inflation up, gas prices up, electric prices up.
    Ethnic minoritys evicted from their illegal sites.
    Dib, dib, dob!!

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    Comment number 65.

    Well I did bob a job when I was a cub back in the 50's, but that's more like £1.30 these days so I suppose it will be quid a job now.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 63.

    I well remember bob a hob week with the little yellow stickers we gave out to people who had taken us up on the offer. While most were pretty generous some benefitted from hours of hard manual labour before handing over a shilling.

    No minimum wage then.

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    Comment number 62.

    Bob-a-Job? OMG these scouts are stealing our jobs with their below minimum wage, undeclared earnings... surely it should be minimum-wage-a-job and they should pay tax like everyone else. maybe everyone should do it, nice little earner..

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    Comment number 61.

    Good idea. Why it ever disappeared I don't know. Mind you,it will doubtless be fiver-a-job nowadays but thats Ok ,the kids learn and things get done. Can see no fault with it. Some better news at last.

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    Comment number 60.

    How long will it be until there is a complait or case that some scout has accused an adult involved of being a paedophile or that someone somewhere has had their human rights abused or that a bob-a-job breaches minimum wage or something.?

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    Comment number 59.

    41. ncstrudwick
    2 HOURS AGO
    My wife tells a story when she was at a girls' secondary school in the 70s. Her headmistress wanted to do something similar to "bob-a-job" and came up with the idea of "Willing for a shilling". Fortunately it never came to anything...

    Yeah we had a few girls at school like that too..... oh happy days !

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    Comment number 58.

    54. suzkid
    27 MINUTES AGO
    Bob-a-job is the very epitomy of Cameron's 'Big Society'. Power to you guys - and gals. Scouts are welcome in my corner of the woods any day of the week.

    Ohh inviting youngster into the woods sounds a bit dodgy to me.

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    Comment number 57.

    I can't believe those scouts - coming over here and stealing all our jobs . . .

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    Comment number 55.

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    All this talk about Scouts sounds very aggressive `Scouts' they should be called rainbow bunnies.
    Then theres Bob a Job oh dear very sexist and discriminatory.
    Bob ( male ) and Job ( not everyone has one)
    Then theres all that Knocking on doors hope a risk assessment been done

    You are joking I hope! Oh and Bob refers to shilling, I presume you're a youngster

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    Comment number 54.

    Bob-a-job is the very epitomy of Cameron's 'Big Society'. Power to you guys - and gals. Scouts are welcome in my corner of the woods any day of the week.

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    Comment number 52.

    Cue some idiots saying this is 'elitist' or complaining that it puts kids in harm's way. Bob a Job should never have gone in the first place. Scouts is an excellent way for kids to gain valuable skills that they wouldn't get in school. I remember it was just about the only place that was willing to let me stand up for myself, while my comprehensive school was too busy mollycoddling the bullies.

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    Comment number 51.

    I don't know about scouts but the girl guides in my unit coem from a vairety of different religions and do not have to attend church every week. We ask for them to attend the church parade but it is not mandatory. I have not been since I started as a leader over 3 years ago. Things have started to change for
    the better

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    Comment number 50.

    All this talk about Scouts sounds very aggressive `Scouts' they should be called rainbow bunnies.
    Then theres Bob a Job oh dear very sexist and discriminatory.
    Bob ( male ) and Job ( not everyone has one)
    Then theres all that Knocking on doors hope a risk assessment been done

 

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