Exploring empathy and Scouts contribution to the refugee crisis

Jane Ray, author and illustrator, led the second workshop of the Moving Connections project back in October. The class were lucky enough to see some of her original illustrations, and listen to a reading of Ahmed and the Feather Girl, which led to discussions about the children’s feelings and thoughts from hearing the story. Time spent ‘Empathy Spotting’ got the class to focus on books they’d read with empathy themes,…

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Remembrance 2018: Ernest Stafford Carlos

Around the White House at Gilwell Park hang a series of paintings which capture the early ethos and endeavours of the Scout Movement, and act as lasting memorial to the artist and pioneering Scouter Ernest Stafford Carlos. Ernest studied at the Lambeth Art School and Royal Academy before becoming a successful artist. As his career developed his works started to tell stories with a social conscience. His work “Rejected and…

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Preparing for Remembrance: Making history personal

Earlier this year 3rd St Albans approached the Heritage team for inspiration as they sought a name for their new Scout Troop. As the group had already used the names of their founders for other sections I researched the First World War Roll of Honour to see if the group had lost any former Scouts or leaders during the conflict. One name stood out, former Scout 19 year old Humphrey…

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Moving Connections: Year 5 class explores refugee stories and experiences

Understanding the Issue The project kicked off on the 2nd October, with a workshop which introduced the topic of refugees to the school children through a series of activities. The first activity looked at a selection of famous people and the class had to work out what they all had in common. They have all moved from their home country was a unanimous answer. Looking at the people in detail,…

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Moving Connections: Scouts Heritage wins National Lottery support to build better communities

The Scouts Heritage Service is delighted to announce it has received a National Lottery grant of £15,800 for an exciting and innovative heritage project, Moving Connections: Scouting and Displaced People. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will begin in September 2018. The Scouts will work with the pioneering educational charity EmpathyLab. Children aged 9 – 11 years from Kenilworth Primary School, Hertfordshire will use objects…

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Young Carers enjoy a week of animation and action

Last week a group of nine 13 -17 years olds from Waltham Forest Young Carers spent four days at Gilwell Park exploring the stories behind the sculptures hidden around the grounds. Gilwell Park is scattered with sculptures; some have been gifted by other Scouting organisations, others created on site and some pre-date Gilwell’s Scouting life. What they all have in common is the amazing stories behind them.  From the majestic…

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