Countesthorpe’s Beavers Cubs and Scouts have their say in Parliament!

53 Young People and 18 adults from 109th Leicester Countesthorpe St Andrews Scout Group had an amazing day out in London on 23rd April. Following the Beaver’s impressive work supporting Endangered Rhinos in 2018, their local MP Alberto Costa invited them to the Houses of Parliament, where they were able to have a full tour , walking through both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and learning all about the Parliamentary process. This was an amazing opportunity to access a famous institution, which amazed the young people and adults alike. They were captivated by the architechture and history of the building. In such pivotal times politically, everyone had lots of questions for the tour guides and had a really memorable time.

Following the tour, the group spent half an hour with Alberto Costa, who led a brilliant mock Parliamentary debate in Committee Room 14, which all the young people took part in. ‘Speaker Michael’ took excellent charge of a livdely debate, which saw Minister Callie’s proposed bill to introduce ‘Schools on Saturdays’ voted down by a unanimous 49 votes to 5. Everyone had lots of fun banging on the tables, pretending to be MPs  while Michael called for ‘ORDER’ as Alberto explained how debates take place in the Commons!

In the afternoon, some of the Group were fortunate enough to watch the procession to reopen Parliament after the Easter recess, before watching some of the opening debates. They heard questions to the Minister for Justice regarding Legal Aid and violence in prisons. Everyone then visited either Shrek Adventure, SeaLife London or the London Eye, before dinner in McDonalds to finish the day.

Everyone had a fantastic time with memories to last forever. Huge thanks go to Alberto Costa MP and his team for making it possible for us to have this unique day out.

If your child would like to join our Beavers, Cubs or Scouts, contact Lee Powell on 07933795222 or lee.powell@countesthorpescouts.org.uk and we will add you to our waiting list.

We can only continue to offer so many amazing opportunities to our village’s young people while we have enough adult volunteers to do so. If you could give up some of your time to help give Skills for Life to our youngsters, please contact Lee on the same details as above. Anyone over 18 who is happy to have a DBS check can help, it doesn’t have to be every week and full training is available. We would love to hear from you.