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The Lee Valley Community Project Scheme 2010/2011 Each troop will use the months of November, December and January to prepare for, carry out and review a community project. Each troop will also prepare a collage of at least 25 photos from all stages of the project. The collages will be displayed at a function the PLs conference for all Patrol Leaders, Scouters and the County Team to see. Projects may choose to engage with an appropriate partner organisation with expertise in a particular area if desired. Suitable project themes would include topics such as the environment, human rights, homelessness, child poverty, ability, international humanitarian disasters and animal rights The project should: Be youth-led Be visible within your local community Benefit others Use the skills that you have in your troop Involve everyone in your troop Be active and involve research into various types of projects and causes Not just be a money collection for charity The project could: Be used to promote your troop in your community, but that should not be the primary goal Be a joint effort with one or more other Scout Groups inside or outside the Scout County Each patrol will receive 100 marks towards the county competition and the best project and collage will receive the Spirit of Scouting perpetual trophy at the PLs Conference. Projects will be complete by end of January 2011 and collages will be brought to the PLs Conference.


The Lee Valley Community Project Scheme 2010/2011 A: A worked example The 135th Cork Scout Troop operate in a suburb of Cork City which has a residential complex which is used to help people who were previously homeless to get their lives back on track. Among the facilities at the complex is a run-down garden where residents used to spend time on sunny days. The Patrol Leaders’ Council decides that it would be a worthwhile project to aid the charitable organisation which runs this complex by working on the garden, to make it a pleasant place for the residents to go. November Week 1 (1 hour) The Patrol Leaders’ Council meets to discuss potential projects. They all decide to research various projects and present them in 2 weeks time. They put aside an hour before the Scout Troop meeting for this. Week 3 (1 hour) One PL has heard about the above issue through his aunt, who volunteers with the organisation. He spoke to her, explained the situation and she said that it would be great. The PLC decides it is the best project by voting on it and other projects that have been presented at its meeting. The Scouters approve the project and the PLC starts to appoint jobs to each PL. PL 1 will contact the charitable organisation, PL 2 will research the price of plants on the internet and make a list of possible equipment, PL 3 will start to keep notes for an article for the Evening Echo’s Scout Notes and PL 4 will photograph all stages of the project and do any other small jobs that come up. The rest of the Scout Troop is informed and each patrol assists its PL in planning a section, closely supervised by the Scouter. For the next 4 weeks €1.50 of the Scout Troop script is set aside to fund the project. This will total € 180. December Week 1 (15 meeting before the Troop meeting) The Organisation has said it would be delighted to have the Scout Troop come and help restore the garden.


The Lee Valley Community Project Scheme 2010/2011 A list of tasks is agreed with the Scouter which is appropriate for the young people in the section. A note is drafted for the parents of the Scout Troop. Week 2 (Whole Troop meeting) A representative of the organisation comes to speak to the Scout Troop about homelessness and conduct a short workshop, to raise awareness. This exercise will also be important given the proximity to Christmas. January Week 2 (One hour) The PLC meets to finalise the plans and allocate specific jobs to each Scout. A Saturday (6 hours) The whole Scout Troop carries out the project, removing weeds and planting trees and plants in the complex’s garden. Week 4 (Whole Troop meeting) The Scout Troop uses its Troop meeting to review the project (using the goldfish bowl method) and compile the collage of the photographs. February Week 2 An article is published in the Evening Echo about the project, a letter of thanks is received from the organisation and a small celebration of a successful project is held at the Troop meeting.


The Lee Valley Community Project Scheme 2010/2011 B: A worked example The 136th Cork Scout Troop operate in a rapidly growing new suburb of Cork City. The area has a number of problems with anti-social behaviour. It also has a number of youth groups which have a serious shortage of leaders. A PL sees on the news that 2011 is the European Year of Volunteering. The Patrol Leaders’ Council decides that this would be a good theme for the project. November Week 1 (1 hour) The Patrol Leaders’ Council meets to discuss potential projects. They all decide to research various projects and present them in 2 weeks time. They put aside an hour before the Scout Troop meeting for this. Week 3 (1 hour) A PL sees on the news that 2011 is the European Year of Volunteering. He also uses the local youth café and knows that it needs more leaders, as does the Scout Troop. He proposes that the Scout Troop designs posters to encourage local adults to volunteer. The PLC decides it is the best project by voting on it and other projects that have been presented at its meeting. The Scouters approve the project and the PLC starts to appoint jobs to each PL. PL 1 make a list of all the local youth groups and write to them and ask them if they would like their contact details put on the poster, PL 2 will research the European Year of Volunteering on the internet, PL 3 will start to keep notes for an article for the Evening Echo’s Scout Notes and PL 4 will photograph all stages of the project and do any other small jobs that come up. The rest of the Scout Troop is informed and each patrol assists its PL in planning a section, closely supervised by the Scouter. December Week 1 (15 meeting before the Troop meeting) The local Girl Guides have written back to say that they would like to be involved in designing the posters. The local shop has offered to pay for the printing of the posters. A list of tasks is agreed with the Scouter which is appropriate for the young people in the


The Lee Valley Community Project Scheme 2010/2011 section. A note is drafted for the parents of the Scout Troop and a date is arranged to design the posters with the Guides. Week 2 (Whole Troop meeting) Each patrol, Scouts and Guides, designs a poster to promote volunteering. January Week 2 (One hour) The PLC meets and distributes the posters to the local shops, churches and notice boards. The Patrols also arrange to have a PL speak at the local churches over the weekend to promote volunteering. Week 4 (Whole Troop meeting) The Scout Troop uses its Troop meeting to review the project (using the goldfish bowl method) and compile the collage of the photographs. February Week 2 An article is published in the Evening Echo about the project, a letter of thanks is received from the youth cafĂŠ and the other youth groups and a small celebration of a successful project is held at the Troop meeting.


Comm Project with examples  

Comm Project with examples

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