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29th Purley Cubs Renew their promise at the Houses of Parliament

19 December 2016

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29th Purley Cub Scouts celebrate 100 years of adventure in the House of Commons

  • The Scout Association’s “Cubs 100” year of celebrations has been taking place throughout 2016 remembering 100 years of adventure and fun since Cubs were established in 1916
  • Cubs all over the country took part in Promise Parties, renewing their promise at exactly 19:16 on December 16th
  • There are at least 140,000 cub scouts in the UK. Cubs are boys and girls aged 8 through 10 ½

Cub Scouts and volunteers from Purley have celebrated 100 years of adventure with a Cubs100 Promise Party at the House of Commons. The Party took place on 16th December – exactly 100 years from when the cub section was launched. At 19.16pm the Cub Scouts joined with thousands of others around the UK in renewing their Cub Scout Promise, pledging to do their best and help other people.

The young people had a fantastic time, having been invited to the Houses of Parliament by Chris Philp, MP for Croydon South. The cubs were shown around both Houses by Mr Philp, before being granted the privilege of renewing their scout promise at 19:16 in the auspicious setting of the Commons Chamber. Afterwards Mr Philp handed each cub a certificate commemorating the event.

Before the event, Thomas-Henry, aged 8 said “I am very excited and can’t wait to get there – I never thought that I would really have a chance to visit the house of Parliament! It would be exciting to see the Prime Minister or the Queen in person”.

After renewing their promise in the House of Commons, sisters Abigail, 9 and Seanna, about to turn 8 felt that the experience was “mind blowing”: Abi said “my favourite bit was when we entered the Houses of Parliament – we didn’t know what it would look like and it was huge”. Seanna said “the best thing was renewing our promises in the commons, knowing that MPs had been there that afternoon. It was great to meet our MP.”

Cub Scouts are 8 – 10 ½ year olds and they take part in a wide range of activities designed to be interesting and challenging. A Cub Scout meeting consists of games and activities with plenty of time spent outdoors.

Scouting in Croydon seeks to transform the lives of young people by providing an inspiring programme of everyday adventure. Over 200 activities, including adventure camps, climbing and water zorbing, are on offer.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls commented, “I am super proud to see so many young people renewing their Cub Scout Promise to do their best and help other people. I am excited to see Scout numbers continue to rise across the UK and the big reasons for this are the adventures made possible by the amazing volunteers like those in Croydon. Whether it’s the opportunity to be involved with some incredible adventures, learn practical life, outdoor and teamwork skills, or helping to improve their local communities Scouts and Volunteers have a brilliant time!.”

Scouting is shaped by young people in partnership with adults and we are always looking for new volunteers and if you fancy a go in Croydon why not join the adventure at www.scouts.org.uk/join.



29th Purley: Anthony Eeles, Group Scout Leader, 07736 781 740 gsl@29thpurley.org

Croydon Scouting: http://www.croydonscouting.org.uk/

The Scout Association:   http://scouts.org.uk/media-centre/


  • The Scout Association was founded on 1st August 1907.
  • Adventure is at the core of Scouting, and the Association passionately believes in helping their members fulfil their full physical, intellectual social and spiritual potentials by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves.
  • Over 200 activities are offered to the half a million Scouts around the UK, madepossible by the efforts of 100,000 voluntary adult leaders. This has helped make Scouting the largest co-educational youth Movement in the country.
  • One of the challenges that the Scout Movement faces is finding more volunteers to plug the current gap. At present there are nearly 38,000 young people on waiting lists as more and more young people want to experience the adventure of Scouting.
  • Adults working in Scouting contribute in excess of 364 million hours of voluntary workeach year to their local communities.
  • The number of volunteers working for Scouting is bigger than the combined workforces of the BBC (24,000) and McDonalds (67,000) put together.
  • Worldwide Scouting has 30 million members both male and female and operates in nearly every country in the world.
  • There are half a million members across the UK (400,000 young people supported by 100,000 adult volunteers). Worldwide Scouting has 28 million members both male and female and operates in nearly every country in the world.
  • There are 200 Scout activity and challenge badges. These require participants to achieve a level of understanding and skill determined to be realistic for their age group.
  • There are around 90 young people at 29th Purley Scout Group, based at Purley Baptist Church, supported by over 20 adult volunteers.
  • Croydon Scouting has groups meeting on every evening of the week, throughout the borough, with around 2000 young people. For more information