More than 500 of the UK’s scout groups face closure because Covid-19 has made it difficult for them to raise money.
The majority of the UK’s scout groups are back up and running face-to-face or online, but a recent survey has shown that if some 500 groups do not receive additional funding, they may be forced to close.
Social distancing regulations have prevented these groups from raising money through their typical fundraisers such as supermarket bag packs, firework displays, jumble sales and quiz nights.
Fundraising challenge: #RaceRoundTheWorld
Scouts have launched a #RaceRoundTheWorld challenge led by the chief scout, Bear Grylls, with teams led by scout ambassadors including Tim Peake, Ellie Simmonds and Steve Backshall.
Scouts across the UK will be challenged to travel at least 172,000 miles collectively in their local areas and raise £300,000 in sponsorship.
The four teams will race to complete 43,000 miles each.
There are 7,300 scout groups across the UK that have joined the fundraising effort to save those at risk of closure.
Many of the groups at risk of closure are based in communities that were already vulnerable before Covid-19 hit and were already struggling.
Most groups only need a limited amount of money to keep them going to cover running costs such as rent, bills and insurance.
Back in March, the charity raised over £350,000 for communities that had been hit hard by Covid-19 as part of the Great Night In. Its aspiration is to raise as much as it can, with a £300,000 goal.
‘Scouting plays a fundamental role in the lives of thousands of young people’
Bear Grylls, said: “As Scouts we always support each other – and in today’s tough climate, where we all need inspiration and community, we are taking part all together in our Race Round the World.
“Scouting plays a fundamental role in the lives of thousands of young people, giving them skills and hope for the future. That is now more vital than ever. I am so proud of those doing their mile in support of those hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
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